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“Fascinating view to a sacred ritual”
Review of Chinese Cemetery

Chinese Cemetery
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Ranked #30 of 142 things to do in Manila
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

The cemetery was full of rich culture and gave a fantastic view to chinese customs in caring for their dead. Definitely rough terrain with mangy dogs roaming around, but if you could look past that, it was an incredible experience. Ensure you go to the right gate - the safest is to use the South entrance which is open every day of the week, the North entrance is only open on Sundays when all the mourners come to visit (and it is incredibly busy). Both entrances are close to LRT stops - LRT was very easy to navigate and gave an interesting view to the city as we passed. We got a guide at the front gate - 800 Pesos for an hour tour. June was great, he gave us some interpretation of the symbols and was helpful in showing us the highlights, but didn't really know much about the people interned there. We did however get a behind the scenes view to the crematorium, which was incredible.

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

It might sound unethical to consider a visit to a cemetery as a sightseeing MUST but the Chinese one in Manila is certainly worthwhile to see. Huge Chinese family graves in sizes such as single house, sometimes two floors, equipped with bathrooms and even a jacuzzi. The cemetery has such an extent in size with thousands of graves that you only find the special and most bizarre ones by hiring guide. We were very lucky to run into Eddie Bote who gave us an one hour tour to the most imazing tombs. He was a bit expensive with 450 pesos but his comprehensive explanations in very good English accompanied with humorous anecdotes was worth any penny. We would like to recommened any future visitor to the Chinese Cemetery in Manila "Ask for Eddie Bote" at the entrance gate and you will not regret it.

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

The architectural design was good but the surrounding is not safe. their are illegal settlers besides and outside the cemetery, the traffic is always moderate to heavy. Residents near the cemetery made the gate of the cemetery a garbage place. they only clean it in preparation for the All saints day

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Took the metro to arrive but once you get off there are no signs so ask people "Chinese?" and they"ll point the way, otherwise there were a few folks waiting outside the exit wondering if you want a tour guide or a tricycle ride. Takes about 15 mins to walk to the south entrance (FREE). Once there we started thinking about getting a guide and one approached but he wouldn't take less that 500 pesos so we walked around ourselves. We went right but I'd recommend going left and into the temple first. If the office is open, they'll give you a map and tell you which tombs shouldn't be missed. We walked around and really enjoyed ourselves. It was a little strange to see what looked like people living in the cemetery with their tv's, couches, makeshift kitchens and dogs. The office said they would come to relax for the day but they seemed a little too established for me to think they were here for the day.

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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Listed as one of the highlights in tourist guidebooks, but not really worth the trek out to the cemetery. Impressive tombs, some not yet occupied, but tacky, exaggerated and above all useless. I don't mind people building these tombs, but I don't see the point in other people visiting them.

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