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“Only Thing Worth Seeing In Manila” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Intramuros

Bonifacio Dr & Padre Burgos St, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines
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Ranked #2 of 115 things to do in Manila
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Intramuros, "The Walled City," is the oldest district in Manila. This is what remains of the fortified city, which was the seat of power during Spanish Colonial times (1521-1898).
Portland, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Only Thing Worth Seeing In Manila”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

I found Manila very unpleasant, but I enjoyed the afternoon we spent here. It was quiet and evocative of an earlier time. Take a taxi here, walk around the walls and parks, then get out of Manila to one of the many more pleasant destinations in The Philippines.

Visited November 2012
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San Fernando, La Union, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“bring back it's glory”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

if you want to attract more tourists, this place should be maintained and bring back it's own glory 30 years ago.

Visited May 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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“The focus of a tourist trip to Manila”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Intramuros is likely to be the focus of a tourist's visit to Manila. It certainly was for us since no other places in the city really enticed us. In many ways it was a big surprise. Larger in geographic area area than we expected and a real mixture--a juxtaposition of derelict properties, restored historic buildings (e.g. Casa Manila), churches more in keeping with Latin America than Asia, modern office blocks and business headquarters in restored buildings, then a block of favela-like housing, major historic features (Fort Santiago) which give an excellent feel for Philippine history, college areas teeming with students and an associated budget street scene (eating places, bars. etc..), and then a super upscale restaurant. It's certainly good for one, probably two days, of exploration especially if you add in nearby areas such as the classic Manila Hotel and Rizal Park. Avoid Monday since most places are closed. Also, the Pasig River ferry no longer operates. We stayed at The Bayleaf Intramuros Hotel which is very convenient within the walls. A cheaper option is the White Knight, which looked fine--we ate a meal there but didn't spend a night.

Visited October 2012
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Namur, Belgium
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“A village right in the centre of Manila”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

I recommend visiting intramuros and even staying there in one of its hotels. A very good atmosphere is the result of no jeepneys's noise pollution and transport being mainly provided by pedicabs. The visit can also easily be done on foot but a guided tour in "calesa" is recommended at 350 Php/half hour. There is a profusion of good restaurants and night shows. A nighttime buffet dinner with Filipino dancers at Barbara's (next to the White Knight hotel) was extremely pleasant.
Some handicraft shops are definitely worth visiting because of large choice and good value there.

Visited November 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Wrong time, right place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

This could be a great walk and tour if you had enough time, and of course not so freaking sunny hot like when I visited.
I made it to walk a couple of blocks though, but got disappointed because the Basilica church was closed for renovation. Because the sun was so hot, I stopped for a lunch which wasn't so good then walked a couple blocks and leave.

Visited November 2012
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