The 'Tutuban Mall' in Manila is actually built on part of an old railway station near to the city centre - however the railway lines were cut back by a few hundred metres and a new station built to replace the old one some years ago and this shopping mall was built on the vacant space left by the railway tracks at the old station ~ it seems to prove that there's more money to be made by opening shops rather than by running trains nowadays!
In all seriousness though my wife and myself found at the time of our visit here in January that the 'Tutuban Mall' is a comphrensive and vibrant shopping centre which contains a great number of shops of all types on at least two levels,although most activity appears to be confined to the ground floor level. Happily the prices here didn't seem too horrific I'm pleased to say, and in fact amongst other things that we bought at the time of our visit were some lovely ready made curtains,following which we treated ourselves to lunch at one of the many eating places located within the mall. Clean toilets are provided in the mall.
We spent the best part of a morning exploring the mall checking out all its shops,and in fact we entered the mall by its back entrance direct from the 'new' station having arrived by a Philippine National Railways train, but as a point of interest I would mention that Tutuban Mall's main front entrance is in fact the old station's terminal building where no doubt in days gone by you could once buy your train tickets at the ticket office and check your luggage in at the parcels department.
Today however it's a nice clean shopping centre - we enjoyed our visit greatly and in my opinion it comes highly recommended for a shopping sprey!
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