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Balangay Shrine Museum

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Address: 5 kilometers from the City proper, Butuan, Mindanao, Philippines

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Great historical significance

Visit this out of the way attraction by hiring one of the tricycles parked along the street beside the PNP Hospital (across the Libertad Fruit Vendors Association market). There... read more

Reviewed February 6, 2017
Quezon City, Philippines
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Quezon City, Philippines
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46 reviews
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Reviewed February 6, 2017 via mobile

Visit this out of the way attraction by hiring one of the tricycles parked along the street beside the PNP Hospital (across the Libertad Fruit Vendors Association market). There is a sign which says "Barangay Ambago" at the corner of this street and the main J.C. Aquino Ave. For P200 to P300 you can visit the Balangay Shrine Museum, Magellan's... More 

Thank peggyapl
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3 reviews
Reviewed January 9, 2017 via mobile

Old artifacts of the past and how the people lived at those early times. You will see earthen pots, the old boat transportation called " balangay" was displayed and some gold jewelries and others inside the museum nearby or across the city hall offices.

Thank Imelda D
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2017

We spent about 10 minutes here. It was interesting to see the boat relics and the hole in the ground where the boats were found. We did all the museums in a day. It was fun but wished there was more to see.

Thank Tronica
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102 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

Showcase of the early balangay boat which proves that there was already trade even before butuan was established. You will see an authentic balangay boat and old coffins that were excavated. If you want heritage and history, this is a "must-go-to" place. No entrance fees too.

Thank Ajie A
Pasig, Philippines
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 4, 2016

Balangay Shrine Museum is a one-story building that serves as a unit of the National Museum. It is located in Barangay Libertad and it houses the remnants of Seagoing Outrigger Boat or Balangay. The former is used by a community of settlers to go from one place to another, thus the name barangay or community, is driven .It is said... More 

Thank Travel Eat Pina... T
Las Pinas, Philippines
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38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

It's a 15-minute or so ride to this area. It's the way to the airport actually. Only go if you are indeed interested in seeing the oldest watercraft which was dug on the very spot it is being displayed. It has really few things to see in here that's why I highly recommend going to the spot where according to... More 

Thank Merie C
Metro Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed June 24, 2016

It's a small open-door museum with amazing archeological artifacts and items! More historical information and overview boards could be presented, and more presentable layout of the excavation process. But the onsite guide the place is awesome!

Thank Nikolai B
Quezon City
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95 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2016

Butuan is not much of a travel destination per se, but make your visit worthwhile by visiting its classic tourist spots. The Balangay Shrine is evidence of where it all began for us Filipinos, when our ancestors rode these amazing wooden boats across the seas to reach our land. The original wooden boat called Balangay is now in the National... More 

Thank Trittle L
Gingoog City, Philippines
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407 reviews
294 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2016

I finally got to see this museum, it is small but very interesting. I have a friend that worked on the dig that found the artifacts that are shown here. Very interesting and the guard that was stations was helpful and knowledgeable about everything we were looking at.

Thank Luke T
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2016

It was a very limited museum, if you're expecting to see a lot. I give them credit for the effort of putting it up and preserving the finds/artifacts but there is surely much more that could be done to improve this museum. I hope they can come up with creative ideas to underline this its impact to the country's history... More 

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