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Manila Tourist Attractions: The Best Spots

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The capital city of the Philippines, Manila, is an ever flourishing metropolis with a rich history, a cutting-edge culture, and a robust economy– a great introduction to the Pearl of the Orient Seas.

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Check out Abraham’s list of Manila Tourist Attractions! These spots will make your trip unforgettable and leave you wanting more. 

 

The Walled City of Intramuros

Tour around one of the oldest neighborhoods located at the heart of Manila! This place will surely give you a one-of-a-kind experience as you see how the locals live as you walk around the historic neighborhoods.

One of Manila’s oldest neighborhoods is Intramuros, the “Walled City”, constructed by the Spaniards. It is encircled on all sides by moats and walls, some of which are over 6 meters high. The region was formerly the site of an Indianized-Malayan-Islamic community. Still, in the 16th century when Spain was in charge of the nation, it rose to prominence as the nucleus of religious, political, and military authority. The old structures and characteristics remain reminders of the Philippines’ trying history.

 

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Greenhills Shopping Center

No matter what it is, Greenhills Shopping Center may have just what you are looking for! Frequently known as the Greenhills Shopping Center, Greenhills is one of the oldest shopping malls in the Philippines, having been established by Ortigas and Company in the 1970s as the main shopping center of the Greenhills development. If you’re looking for a bargain, Greenhills Shopping Center is definitely a place to be!

Enjoy bargaining with the hundreds of stalls in the shopping center from 10AM-9PM daily!

 

Ongpin Street, Binondo

Craving some Chinese food? Or maybe you’re curious about Chinese culture in the Philippines? Lucky for you, the oldest Chinatown is located in Manila! Binondo is considered as the first and oldest Chinatown in the world. Ongpin Street, which runs right through the heart of Binondo, is the place to go for traditional Chinese goods and services. You can find everything you never knew you needed in this happy Chinaman’s mishmash. Ongpin is a spot to be in as one of the main Manila tourist attractions.

 

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I’M Onsen Spa

I’m Onsen Spa takes pride as the largest lush urban oasis in Manila. Its exemplary service standards and top-notch ingredients offered at a reasonable price remain synonymous with wellness. Spending time at I’m Onsen Spa is an exceptional all-inclusive experience beyond dreams. The wide variety of rooms offers a unique experience– from spa pods, couple suites with jacuzzi or steam rooms, and VIP spa suites. It’s perfect for small exclusive gatherings. Guests can access their spacious relaxation lounge with complementary herbal teas and a hearty breakfast buffet at The Common Good. A worthy spot while in Manila! 

Take advantage and have a spa day here at I’M Onsen spa beginning at 11AM up to 2AM every Wednesday to Sunday!

 

Ayala Museum

From the marvelous gold collections to the history of the Philippines shown in life-like dioramas, the Ayala Museum has many different exhibits for any taste! The building is located at the intersection of Makati Avenue and De La Rosa Street in the heart of the Makati Central Business District. Since its founding as a museum dedicated to preserving Philippine history and culture, the museum has amassed a wide variety of such artifacts.

If you’re having that gold rush, Ayala Museum is open from 10AM to 6PM every Wednesday to Sunday.

 

The National Museum of the Philippines

A glimpse into the history, culture, and arts of the Philippines is what this Manila tourist attraction can offer you. The National Museum of the Philippines has three buildings dedicated to a specific theme. Separated into three different buildings. The National Museum of Anthropology, The National Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Museum of Natural History. They’re all located in the center of the city of Manila, and conveniently right across each other.

You can catch them open from Tuesdays to Sundays. The AM session starts at 9AM-12PM and the afternoon session starts at 1PM-6PM.

 

High Street, Bonifacio Global City

Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, is one of the most famous manila tourist attractions and shopping districts in the Philippines. The eclectic mix of stores on this street makes it so popular among shoppers. Picnics can be enjoyed peacefully on the expansive grassy spaces and stones along Bonifacio High Street. The high street was designed to take inspiration from the main shopping streets of Europe. The street art makes it an ideal spot for photo ops. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is home to a diverse selection of restaurants, bars, and shops selling high-end fashion brands. The first two sections of the mall focus on outdoor shopping, while the third section, also called “Bonifacio High Street Central,” features both outdoor and interior shops.

 

Okada Manila Fountain Show

A hidden Manila tourist attraction is “The Fountain” of Okada Manila. Okada Manila prides itself in delivering guests larger-than-life experiences, with The Fountain as its crown gem. This $30 million extravaganza may compete with the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Bellagio in Las Vegas with a beautifully planned display of water, light, and music. The Fountain is equipped with cutting-edge underwater robots, over two-thousand dazzling lights, dozens of speakers, and more than 700 high-powered jets. Installed in The Fountain’s lake is an unseen performance platform, giving the illusion that performers are floating above the water while they engage with the water element. 

Catch this water feature from 6PM-10PM on Monday to Thursday and 6PM-12MN during Fridays to Sundays! 

 

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Pagsanjan Falls

A little further away from the metropolitan area and you’ll be able to discover that there is more to the Philippines than its concrete jungle. The nature you’ll be experiencing outside the city is way more enticing, especially this next Manila Tourist Attraction!

One of the most well-known falls in the Philippines is Pagsanjan Falls, sometimes called Cavinti Falls or Magdapio Falls in the local language. The falls are a popular destination for visitors to the province of Laguna. A river voyage in a dugout canoe sometimes referred to as “Shooting the Rapids,” begins in the municipality of Pagsanjan and ends at the three-drop cascade. From Cavinti, one can trek up to the falls and view them from above. 

 

Puning Hot Springs 

Puning Hot Spring and Restaurant is a little-known gem in the Angeles barangay of Pampanga. It is located in Sitio Target. You might not even feel like you’re in the Philippines when you go there! Why? It will make you feel the excitement of climbing Mount Borobudur in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, or visiting any other popular trekking destinations in Cambodia or Vietnam. It’s true, though it’s a bus ride to the bustling metropolis of Manila.

The Philippines is not just a mere pearl but instead a treasure trove of wonders, culture, and history. From it’s capital up to the rest of the country, you’ll find that everything Filipino will surprise you each time you encounter their culture, and especially it’s People.

 

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