46 attractions you should visit in Manila - With photos & details

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The city is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay. The Pasig River flows through the middle of the city, dividing it into the north and south sections. It is home to many historic sites, some of which were built during the 16th century.

Andres Bonifacio Monument - LawtonLiwasang Bonifacio, Ermita, Maynila, 1000 Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines
Monuments

A huge 45 feet memorial which was built in the memory of Philippine revolutionary Andrés Bonifacio, the founder and Supremo of the Katipunan. it was designed by the National Artist Guillermo Tolentino with symbolic images and other features known as the "Cry of Balintawak". It was acclaimed as one of the best monuments in the world.

Arroceros Forest Park659 A Antonio Villegas St, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines
Parks

The densely foliaged Arroceros Forest Park is a verdant paradise, sheltering a wide array of flora along with some rare breed of birds. Formerly, the park served as a prime venue for rice dealers in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, The Manila city government later bought this property and converted it into a leisure attraction by adding trails.

Ateneo Art GalleryAteneo de Manila University Arts WIng, Katipunan Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, 1800 Metro Manila, Philippines
Art Galleries

The first museum of Philippine modern art, the Ateneo Art Gallery was established in 1960 through Fernando Zóbel’s bequest to the Ateneo of his collection of works by key Filipino post-war artists. The galley contains a lot of artifacts and so more.

Baluarte de San DiegoSta. Lucia St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
Monuments

Baluarte de San Diego in Intramuros used to be a drowning chamber during the Spanish Period. It was built and designed by the Jesuit priest Antonio Sedeno in the late 1580s. Today, the baluarte is a bonsai garden that caters to tourists and social gatherings. Daily a lot of people visits this place by its historical significance.

Binondo ChurchPlaza Lorenzo Ruiz, Binondo, 1006 Metro Manila, Philippines
Churches

The original structure of the Binondo Church, formally known as Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish was constructed in 1596. Founded by Dominican friars, it is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in the Philippines.  Most parts of the church was collapsed and the octagonal bell tower, however, is the only significant remaining part of the original structure. It was reconstructed in three phases and completed in 1984 and ti was now one of the key attractions in this area.

Bonifacio and the Katipunan Revolution MonumentErmita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines
Parks
Monuments

A public park and plaza located in Manila. Its centerpiece is the monument to Filipino revolutionary Andrés Bonifacio and the Philippine Revolution fronting Padre Burgos Avenue. A musical dancing fountain was installed in front of the shrine monument. It was one of the famous hangout place located in the heart of Manila

Casa Manilaplaza sans luis complex, General Luna St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
Museums

Casa Manila Museum portrays the lifestyle of the educated and moneyed class during the 17th and 18th centuries. While the people who had once lived in such a house are gone, there remain the things they have left behind- the products of their extravagance and the relics of their family values, customs, traditions, and beliefs.

Coconut PalaceManila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Iconic Buildings

This is the official residence and workplace of the Vice President of the Philippines, in Manila, is a curious attraction. It is called as coconut palace because of the extensive use of coconut lumber and various parts of the coconut tree in its construction. It was one of the iconic buildings in this area.

Dr. José Rizal National Monument1225 Roxas Blvd, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines
Monuments

The Rizal Monument is a memorial in Rizal Park in Manila, the Philippines built to commemorate the executed Filipino nationalist, José Rizal. The monument consists of a standing bronze sculpture of Rizal, with an obelisk, set on a stone base within which his remains are interred. It is one of the main attractions in this area.

Escolta StreetEscolta St, Binondo, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Street Markets
Iconic Buildings

Escolta Street is historic west to east street in the downtown district of Binondo in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. It is very near to the Pasig River. It starts at Plaza Moraga to the west and ends at Plaza Santa Cruz and Quintin Paredes Street to the east. It contains some examples of early skyscraper design in the country.

Fort SantiagoIntramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
Forts

Fort Santiago was built in the late 1500s to serve as a forward base for Spanish ambitions in the Far East. Over the centuries, Fort Santiago gained a fearsome reputation among Filipinos - the Philippine national hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned here immediately before his execution, and the Japanese massacred thousands here throughout their short but brutal occupation in the 1940s. It was now one of the key attractions in Manila. Daily a lot of tourists visit this place.

Heroes' CemeteryTaguig, 1630 Metro Manila, Philippines
Monuments

Officially known as Libingan ng Mga Bayani is a  resting place for Philippine military personnel from privates to generals who served during World War II, it eventually became designated as the official place of burial for deceased Philippine presidents, national heroes, patriots, National Artists and National Scientists.

Legazpi Active ParkRada, Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Parks

This is one of the privately-owned park in Metro Manila. This park is best known for the weekend market and also a popular hangout place. The greenish gardens and the play areas here are so interesting and this attracts people to here.

Manila American Cemetery & MemorialTaguig City, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Man-made Structures- Other

The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines occupies 152 acres on a prominent plateau, visible at a distance from the east, south and west. It contains the largest number of graves of our military dead of World War II, a total of 17,184, most of whom lost their lives in operations in New Guinea and the Philippines. The headstones are aligned in 11 plots forming a generally circular pattern, set among masses of a wide variety of tropical trees and shrubbery.

Manila Film CenterManila Film Center, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines
Iconic Buildings

A national building which was located in the end of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex in Pasay. It served as the main theater for the First Manila International Film Festival. The building has also been the subject of controversies due to a fatal accident that happened on November 17, 1981. At least 169 workers fell and were buried under quick-drying wet cement.

Manila Golden Mosque And Cultural CenterGlobo de Oro St, Quiapo, Manila, 1001 Metro Manila, Philippines
Mosques

Also known as Masjid Al-Dahab, the Manila Golden Mosque and Cultural Center is the largest mosque in Metro Manila. Its name comes from its gold-painted dome, topped with a crescent moon, a symbol of the Islamic faith. The mosque is faithful to Islamic architecture—its elaborate mosaics, pointed arches, and multi-columned interior design.

Manila North Cemetery1721 Cavite St, Santa Cruz, Manila, 1014 Metro Manila, Philippines
Man-made Structures- Other

The Manila North Cemetery stretches across 100 acres in the packed city of Manila. But this cemetery isn’t a scene of peaceful serenity, so much as bursting with life, the smells of cooking, and children running underfoot. It is famous for its historical significance and so many people visits this place.

Manila Ocean Park666 Behind, Quirino Grandstand, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines
Parks

Manila ocean park is the country's first world-class marine theme park and a premiere educational facility. It also has an integrated urban resort facility with marine life attractions and aqua-themed hotel.

Manila ZooM. Adriatico St, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila, Philippines
Zoos

Manila Zoo is located along Adriatico St., corner Quirino St., Manila, the main entrance of the zoo is fronting the Playground for Manila youth. It has a land area of 5.5 hectares and home to numerous species of fascinating animals for more than 50 years. It is a government-run animal theme park under the city of Manila.

Metropolitan Museum of ManilaBSP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila, Philippines
Museums

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is one of the major museums in the Philippines and highlights international and local art. It was established 1976 and aimed at expanding the exposure of Filipinos to the visual arts of foreign cultures.

Map of attractions in Manila