Top 46 attractions to explore in Manila
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.
Attractions in Manila
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Quiapo Church, also known as St.John the Baptist Parish, is located in the District of Quiapo, Manila, and is one of the most famous churches in the Philippines. This Roman Catholic Church houses the venerated statue of Jesus Christ, known as the Black Nazarene and hence the official name, Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene. The Church currently belongs to the Archdiocese of Manila.
The Museo Pambata is a children's interactive museum, the first of its kind in the Philippines. It is in a sense an alternative to the formal classroom environment where learning resembles a one-way street – the teacher imparts knowledge and the students absorb it.
A huge sports complex which was located in the Quezon City, Philippines. This facility covers land measuring about 5.8 hectares. The main stadium has a capacity of 15,000. The sports facility was named after former Quezon City Mayor Norberto Amoranto.
A huge library complex which was located in the Ermita on a portion of Rizal Park facing T. M. Kalaw Avenue, Manila. The library is notable for being the home of the original copies of the defining works of José Rizal: Noli Me Tangere, El Filibusterismo and Mi último adiós, and so more. It has a large collection of books and thus it attracts so many peoples here.
The National Museum of Anthropology houses the anthropology and archaeology divisions of the National Museum of the Philippines. It was formerly known as the Museum of the Filipino People. Its aim is to preserve the cultural heritage of the Philippines and to educate others. Its permanent collection contains around 10,000 items, including cultural materials from the different peoples of the Philippines and so more.
The National Museum of Fine Arts is an art museum in Manila, the Philippines that houses a collection of paintings and sculptures by classical Filipino artists. Founded in 1998, it was formerly known as the National Art Gallery and it was owned and operated by the National Museum of the Philippines. It was one of the key attractions in the Philippines.
It was one of the most popular museums in the country which was officially opened to the public in May 2018. Located in Rizal Park, it is part of the National Museum Complex which boasts three other attractions: the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology, and the National Planetarium.
The National Museum of the Philippines traces its history to the establishment of the Museo-Biblioteca de Filipinas, established by a Royal Order of the Spanish Government on August 12,1887 but was abolished in 1900 at the onset of the American occupation of the Philippines. And by October 29, 1901, the Insular Museum of Ethnology, Natural History and Commerce is considered to be the direct precursor of the National Museum.
One of the renowned planetarium in the Philippines and is located in Rizal Park between the Japanese Garden and Chinese Garden on Padre Burgos Avenue in the central district of Ermita. It opened on October 8, 1975, and has been in operation since then. It was one of the main tourist attractions in Manila.
The Ninoy Aquino Wildlife Park in Quezon city embraces the concept of biodiversity by preserving and giving shelter to a large number of Fauna and Flora collection including some endangered species. Here, one can have a sight of the wild animals in the Philippines and explore some rare plants and greenery which are not found commonly.
Malate Church was first built in 1588 and was dedicated to Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios. The statue of Our Lady of Remedies was brought over from Spain in 1624 and continues to stand at the altar to this day. The church is a Baroque-style church overlooking Plaza Rajah Sulayman and ultimately, the Manila Bay.
In the heart of the City of Manila is a small and old circular park which used to be a municipal cemetery for Spanish aristocrats of the old walled city of Intramuros – the Paco Park and Cemetery. Paco Park and Cemetery were completed and opened to the public in 1822 as a burial ground for victims of Asiatic cholera pandemic that swept across the continent from 1817 to 1824. It later became a resting place of the Spanish high society in late 1800s.
This is a military museum of the AFP that was earlier founded as Marcos Museum on May 02, 1974. This world-class facility of the PAF is a heritage and a science and technology museum built to honor heroes and airmen of the PAF. The museum displays Philippine military aviation history and related aerospace science exhibits.
Malacañang Palace is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the Philippines. It is located in San Miguel, Manila, and is commonly associated with Mendiola Street. The term "Malacañang" is often used as a metonym for the president and his advisers. The sprawling Malacañang Palace complex includes numerous mansions and office buildings designed and built largely in Bahay na bato and neoclassical style.
This is where Philippine presidents take their oath of office and deliver their first address to the nation. It's at the western end of Rizal Park. The Quirino Grandstand has been the traditional venue for annual Independence Day activities as well as that of many Philippine presidential inaugurations since the 1949 Quirino inaugural.
It is a public square in Malate, Manila. It is bounded by Roxas Boulevard to the west, San Andrés Street to the south and Remedios Street to the north. The plaza is considered the center of Malate as it fronts the Malate Church, the main church of the district. It is one of the main hangout place in this area and it attracts so many people to here.
Rizal Park is a 60-hectare oasis of greenery and blooms set in Manila's busy financial and commercial district. Dedicated to Philippine's national hero Dr Jose Rizal, this urban park has gardens, historical monuments, a 3D map of the Philippines, picnic grounds, a grand stadium, and an open-air concert hall.
The Rizal Shrine, located in Fort Santiago, was built in honor of Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippines ’ national hero. It exhibits various displays of Rizal memorabilia. It contains a reliquary, consisting of one of his vertebrae, and a copy of Mi Ultimo Adios. The museum was built in 1953 and was modernized in 2013. Witness the displays, such as Rizal’s books, hat, medical instruments, coat, even business cards, and much more.
San Agustin Church in Manila should be on the itinerary of anyone with an interest in history or architecture. Located inside the historic Walled City of Intramuros, this Roman Catholic Baroque-style church is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built by the Spaniards in the 16th century, the church has survived a major earthquake in 1863 as well as the ravages of World War II.
San Sebastian Basilica dates to 1891and is part of a complex that includes a college (1947) and a seminary and courtyard (the 1950s). This was one of the oldest buildings in this area which was also a historically important place. The site was included in the 1998 World Monuments Watch because of structural threats.
A huge church that was built in 1608. It was strategically located on the outskirts of Chinatown near Binondo to cater to the Chinese converts in Manila. The initial structure of Sta. Cruz Church had been partially damaged by two earthquakes and was completely devastated by the Battle of Manila in 1945 during the Japanese occupation. Now it has a new face and it attracts a lot of peoples here.
The Mind Museum is a science museum in Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines. The museum's exhibition takes off from a narrative that presents science in over 250 interactive exhibits through five interconnected stories. The exhibition spans nature in scale, from the smallest thing in nature to the largest and everything in between Atom, Earth, Life, Universe, and Technology.
The Manila Cathedral-Basilica is the Premier Church of the Philippines because of all the Churches in the archipelago, it was the one chosen to become the Cathedral in 1581 when the Philippines was separated from the Archdiocese of Mexico and became a new diocese with its episcopal seat in Manila.
This is the oldest museum in the Philippines. It owns the first collection of artifacts in the country, dating to as far back as 1682. A jack of all trades, it houses a bit of everything: botanical, zoological, religious, ethnological, cultural, and artistic. It has also expanded to accommodate religious images, visual arts and paintings, ethnography, and memorabilia, to name a few.
The William A. Jones Memorial Bridge, commonly known as the Jones Bridge, is an arched girder bridge that spans the Pasig River in the City of Manila, Philippines. It is named after the United States legislator William Atkinson Jones, who served as the chairman of the U.S. Insular Affairs
Map of attractions in Manila