9 Manila Attractions That You Shouldn’t Miss Out!

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If you’re looking for fun things to do in Manila, Philippines, look no further! This list features the must-visit cultural, historic, and Instagrammable Manila attractions you can’t miss when in the Philippines.

1. National Planetarium

Photo from National Museum Wiki Page

Be ready to get closer to the planets and stars! National Planetarium opens its doors this year to the public for free. Marvel at the projections, paintings and diorama representations of astronomical bodies and astronomists. Visitors can also watch shows like “A Planet for Goldilocks,” “Journey to a Billion Suns,” and “Hayabusa: Back to the Earth” for a small fee of PHP50 (PHP30 for students with ID, PHP40 for senior citizens with PWD ID) for regular visitors.

Open from 10 am to 5 pm

Tuesday to Sunday

Address: Dr. Jose P. Rizal Park, Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila

Visit their FB Page: National Museum of the Philippines

2. Manila Ocean Park

Photo from www.manilaoceanpark.com

Make new sea friends at Manila Ocean Park, the first Oceanarium in the Philippines! Boasting 14,000 sea creatures in its 10 different attractions, you’ll be able to get up close with the wonders of the sea. Be amazed with what the deep sea can offer— from fishes and sea lions to sharks and stingrays for a regular rate of PHP500 (PHP350 for children 4.5 ft below and free for children 2 ft below).

Open from 10 am to 8 pm

Monday to Sunday

Rizal Park, Roxas Blvd, Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila

Visit their website: www.manilaoceanpark.com

3. National Museum

The National Museum of the Philippines is the perfect location to appreciate the country’s rich culture as works of art by Filipino artists are featured in the multiple levels of this museum. Famous artworks like “Spoliarium” and “Parisian Life” by Juan Luna and artifacts from different periods in the Philippines can be seen here. Plus, it’s completely free so it’s definitely an enriching experience! Every Manila attractions list isn’t complete without the National Museum.

Open from 10 am to 5 pm

Tuesday to Sunday

Address: Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila

Visit their website: www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph

4. SM Mall of Asia

Photo by Lawrence Ruiz

SM Mall of Asia is one of the biggest malls in Asia! It stretches over 42 hectares of land in Pasay City. You’ll never run out of options in fashion, food, electronics, furniture, make-up and many more with the hundreds of shops located in this mall. On average, it welcomes 200,000 people daily.

Open from 10 am to 10 pm

Monday to Sunday

Address: Seaside Blvd, 123, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila

Visit their FB Page: www.facebook.com/smmallofasia

5. Manila Bay Sunset

The sunset at Manila Bay is something you should never miss! The marvelous view of the golden sun slowly going down into the waters of the bay is romantic and unforgettable. Hundreds of locals and foreigners alike visit Roxas Boulevard to take pictures of the view. The place has become one of the famous Manila attractions.

Always open

Monday to Sunday

Address: Roxas Blvd. Manila, Metro Manila

6. Intramuros

Intramuros is known as the Walled City. The defensive walls of the city were constructed by the Spanish colonial government to protect themselves from enemies coming from Manila Bay. Today, it is a must-visit location for its historic walls containing fortifications like Fort Santiago, museums like Casa Manila and Bahay Tsinoy, churches like San Agustin Church and the ruins of San Ignacio Church.

Open from 8 am to 6 pm

Address: Manila, 1002 Metro Manila

Visit their website: intramuros.gov.ph

7. Malacañang Palace

Another spot that makes up the list of Manila attractions is the place where the Philippine President works and lives— Malacañang Palace.

For decades, Malacañang Palace has been the official residence of the President of the Philippines. While the palace itself is off-limits to the public, anyone can still go inside the designated areas in the palace by booking tours. This is free and by reservation only. And remember, the tourists are advised to wear smart casual attire when visiting the palace.

Open from 9 am to 3 pm

Monday to Friday (except public holidays)

Address: J.P. Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila

Visit their website: malacanang.gov.ph/reservations

8. Binondo

Binondo is the oldest Chinatown in the world. One of the many popular Manila attractions in this area is the Binondo Church, Kuang Kong Temple, and Seng Guan Temple, which are places of worship for the locals. You’ll never miss the huge Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch which symbolizes the close relationship between Filipinos and Chinese men and women. It is also here where you can find malls like Divisoria and Lucky Chinatown bustling with customers buying cheap goods and delicious authentic Chinese cuisine.

Open hours depend on the shops

Monday to Sunday

Address: Manila, 1006 Metro Manila

Visit their FB Page: www.facebook.com/manilachinatown/

9. Rizal Park

Photo by Jophel Botero Ybiosa

The Rizal Park is named after the Philippines’ national hero, Jose Rizal, who fought against the Spaniards by pen and who was executed in the same location. He wrote two opposition novels “Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) and “El Filibusterimo” (The Reign of Green). His monument is situated in the middle of the park. Visitors can have a picnic on the grasses and watch a colorful light display at night.

Open always

Monday to Sunday

Address: Roxas Blvd, Malate, Manila

Visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/rizalparkmanila/

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