Manila Attractions

Manila attractions are predominantly found along Manila Bay and range from major cultural and historical landmarks to museums, parks, colonial churches, the zoo and an ocean park. The Baywalk is the ideal place to enjoy spectacular sunsets at one of the many restaurants and as the world's largest, Manila's Chinatown should not be missed. The waterfront residence of Coconut Palace and the Philippine President's residence of Malacañan Palace are a popular part of sightseeing in Manila.

Located at the northern end of Manila Bay, Intramuros is a popular attraction that is the remains of what was once a walled Spanish settlement and is now home to ruins, musuems and the Manila Cathedral, the Philippines' most important church. The Bonifacio Shrine and Mabini Shrine are also popular Manila attractions which pay homage to national heroes who fought for the country's independence against the Spanish and American occupation. For an insight into Manila's historic architecture, the Plaza San Luis, University of Santo Tomas, Manila Metropolitan Theatre and Manila Central Post Office showcases wonderful Filipino-Hispanic buildings as well as art deco and neoclassical style architecture as well as the Far East's oldest university.

Similarly, the baroque and Spanish colonial churches not only offer religious significance but are also remnants of the early Spanish settlers. Some of Manila's most popular churches include Binondo Church, Malate Church, San Agustin Church, Manila Cathedral, Santa Ana Church, San Nicolas Church, Santa Cruz Church and Tondo Church. You also can't miss the Basilica of San Sebastian, Asia's only all-steel church. For more insight into Manila's history and culture, there are a number of museums that are popular with tourists including the National Museum of the Philippines, Museum of Philippine Political History, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Museum of Chinese in Philippine Life, Museo Pambata and the National Art Gallery.

Other popular Manila attractions include the Manila Zoo and the Manila Ocean Park. Home to the only living elephant in the Philippines, the Manila Zoo is a smaller and more dated wildlife attraction while the Manila Ocean Park is a huge marine life facility home to a 25m underwater tunnel and 8,000 sqm oceanarium that is larger than Singapore's famed Sentosa Underwater World.