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University of Santo Tomas

Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines
(632)406-1611
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Ranked #3 of 77 Attractions in Manila
Type: Educational Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: This is the oldest university in Asia, founded in 1611, and is one of the world’s largest Roman Catholic universities based on enrollment.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

With the museum closed for renovations, there really wasn't much to see. A couple of nice outside views, but that's about it. Should've checked on-line before I went. Not worth the taxi fare or time otherwise. With the museum not open, I had to go through their public affairs office just to get a pass to walk around the campus.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

the famous catholic school in the country although lately can find many development happening inside the school but still standing is the main relic bldg. altho an advise never try to visit the place at raining days.

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The University of Santo Tomas is the oldest university in the Philippines and in Asia. The Main Building is an architectural feast. There is also a museum inside the Main Building. The campus also has several parks and gardens and landmarks (Arch of the Century, Plaza Mayor, Central Seminary, etc.) which are worthy of your visit. If you are a... More

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is the oldest university in the Philippines. It houses a museum and the main building is an architectural splendor. The campus is refreshing because the buildings are located far from each other and it gives a feeling of space. Just don't go there during the heavy rains because the surroundings get flooded easily

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Las Pinas, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This place is actually a university. The oldest university in the Philippines and Asia. If you're a photographer looking for old but extravagant architecture or a history lover who wants to know its prodigious history, then this place suits your purpose well. It's complete name is La Real y Pontificia Universidad de Santo Tomas de Aquino, La Universidad Católica de... More

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Quezon City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

How a lot has changed since I graduated and I'm proud of my Alma Mater. The surrounding grounds are lush with trees, the architecture is amazing, if you are a photographer then this is a playground.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Tourist spot indeed! One who was looking to any famous painting in the world without information is a waste of time ! How ever let me inform you we have here UST one of the oldest university in Asia founded in 1611 with its earthquake proof building !located one of the oldest museum we have in Manila! the ambiance, garden... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

UST is the oldest existing catholic school in Asia. It's complete name in Spanish is actually "La Real y Pontificia Universidad de Santo Tomás de Aquino Universidad Católica de Filipinas". It is the only university in the Philippines who has the titles "Royal" and "Pontifical". You can't see anything much around it. Except food in Dapitan and P.Noval Streets. You... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I love my school, UST. It's amazing how one can find a spacious campus in the middle of polluted and crowded Manila. This school has produced a big number of board exam passers (ehem haha), topnotchers, scientists, artists and prominent personalities.

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Manila, Philippines
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Don't know how to say this but whoever classified ust (that's how it's abbreviated and called locally) is a university. Who classified this as a tourist spot? Maybe a stock holder of the school? Don't go here: it's a waste of your traveling time, unless you're an alumni. Then this would be an unforgettable trip down memory lane. Shucks!

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