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“Reading between the 'buildings'” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Intramuros

Bonifacio Dr & Padre Burgos St, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines
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Ranked #6 of 81 attractions in Manila
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins, Historic Walking Areas
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Fee: No
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).
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“Reading between the 'buildings'”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012 via mobile

The buildings are now a shell of what they used to be prior to WWII. I found the area very interesting, as we had a guide & told us stories.

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“A treat for history and WW2 buffs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

We recently had another opportunity to amble along the pathways of Intramuros - the walled city. A difference this time was that we took Carlos Celdran's walking tour on the first day (very interesting, lots of nuggets of trivia thrown in - and many enlightening historical facts - more in the Walking tour TA review)

The most beautiful part of Intramuros starts at San Augustin church (it has a nice museum on the corner, sit for the mass on a sunday - you will enjoy it, and there is always a wedding in progress). There is a beautiful restaurant "Ristorante delle Mitre" just opposite to the San Augustin church - a great place to just sit, sup and watch the world go by.

Some of the streets like Anda, Cabildo and General Luna and nice to walk - but really - these streets should be made "traffic-less" if you want to be able to enjoy the buildings. Some nice museums to spend time in are - Casa Manila (can also eat there - but remember to book in advance), but sadly, the parts on the western par are filled with dilapidated buildings strugglign to cope with the crowds ho live there, and the electric wires criss-crossing. looks more like a corner of Tondo!

Also, do note - it gets sunny all day so take a good wide brimmed hat, lots of water, and sun glasses if yo plan touring this area. The Most buildings do not have any markers, so I would suggest a guided tour (white knight has an excellent electric chariot tour that we tried and I was impressed) on day 1 - and then walk teh same places yourself later , at your own easy pace.

All in all, if you missed this area, Carlos' walkign tour and white knights chariot tour, you would be mising a big part of Manila.

Oh - I forgot - do take a calesa ride... (it costs 350 pesos for 30 minutes. worth it) - as cliched as it sounds, it is fun! And do remember to wave out to all the people en route.

Visited October 2012
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“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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“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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“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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