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Intramuros
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Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago
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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).
Reviewed June 29, 2013

I had a couple of hours to spare and went for a quick visit to Intramuros. It was interesting to a point, but probably didn't really captivate me. I used a pedal cyclo person for a tour and it ended badly with them arguing about the price that we had agreed upon at the start. It is visually interesting, and I probably should have just meandered by myself and my experience might have been different..

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Intramuros means 'inside the walls' in Latin. Aside from being invaded by Chinese pirates, threatened by Dutch forces, and held by the Americans and Japanese, this interesting slice of history served as the seat of the Spanish colonial government from 1571 to 1898. Also known as the 'walled city', Intramuros is (in my opinion) one of the best places in the Philippines. However, it's really sad that very little support has been given by the government to preserve it. If Manila is serious about attracting more tourists, then they can probably start with Intramuros.

TIP: You must bargain before you ride a 'kalesa' (horse carriage). Sometimes, drivers can be cheaters. You might end up paying a pretty huge amount, so you better clarify your agreement first before hopping in!

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Intramuros is an old, ghostly place in Manila. Most buildings are really old, rundown, and horse carriages tromp down its cobbled streets. However, if you are into dramatic photography, you'll love this place. i admit the place has somewhat been neglected by the government, but i can still appreciate its beauty. in fact, many couples still take their pre-nup pictorials here and advertisers shoot their models with the old buildings as background.

Don't forget to visit the church, the shops, the old prison, the restaurants, or even just to pause for a while and remember from History classes how this old place used to be and what this really means to us as Filipinos.

Tip: If you are planning to just tour this place, don't wear sandals or high-heels. Shoes and slip-ons would be more convenient. Beware of pick-pockets! barkers and cab drivers may be too annoying, just ignore them anyway. :-)

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

It was very interesting to learn about some of the history of the Philippines and to learn about there role in the Second World War as well

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

There are old spanish buildings built during the Spanish colony in the Philippines. There are also carrages, souvenir shops and resraurants with spanish settings.

1  Thank Peter A
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