Manila is a city breathing with history. Take the infamous Intramuros for example. It's still standing and has retained most of it's original buildings and cobblestone paths all the way back from when the Spaniards conquered the country. Just imagine, if the walls in Intramuros could just talk, what kind of stories they'd be saying.
So if you are wondering what things there are that you can do if you do decide to visit the Intramuros, here are 5 suggestions.
1. The San Agustin Church
Declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site, the San Agustin Church in Manila is a favorite wedding venue. It's also one of the biggest and intricately designed churches in the country. When I came here for the first time, it was for a field trip in school, and that was like fifteen years ago. But when I recently visited, I couldn't even go inside because there was a wedding. So be wary that there are special events such as this happening almost every day. Besides, don't you want you wedding to be held in a place that already holds so much history?
- San Agustin Church of Manila
- General Antonio Luna St., Manila, City of Manila, Philippines
- +63 2 527 2746
- Official Foursquare.com
2. Take a walk along the walls
It's not every day that you can say that you walked on the walls of a city. And that you did this in the bustling metropolis of Manila. Just be sure you have water with you as it can get really sunny, and that be aware that there are many beggars taking advantages of tourists.
3. Relive the national hero's last days in Fort Santiago
The Fort Santiago is probably the go to place here in Intramuros. First of all, it is were Jose Rizal, the country's national hero, was held captive. It's also a great place to just hangout in and have a great view of the historical area. Take note that while the Intramuros doesn't charge for entrance, Fort Santiago does.
- Fort Santiago
- Intramuros, Manila, City of Manila, Philippines
4. Hop on a kalesa
A kalesa is an old Filipino transportation. It is like a horse-drawn carriage and was used in the days when the Spanish took over the country. This form of transportation is still alive and kicking inside the walled city and its a great way to go around and see the sights.
5. See what an old Manila house looks like
Casa Manila used to be an old house in Intramuros that they turned into a museum/venue or events place. It still has its charms and most of the furniture inside have been preserved.
- Casa Manila
- Intramuros (General Luna Street), City of Manila, City of Manila, Philippines
- +63 2 536 8692
- Official Foursquare.com
Learning history can be this fun! Just don't let the heat of the sun get to you, or the dampness of the rain! Choose to visit this place from January to March, so its not that hot yet but at the same time, it's not the rainy season in Manila.