Things to do in Manila for Almost Free
If you’ll be heading to Manila soon but don’t know where to go, then this article is for you. We’ve compiled our favorite places in Manila that anyone can visit for free or almost. Most of the tourist attractions in this list don’t have any entrance fee but if it does, should not cost you much. So without further ado, here are our top 6 places:
First on our list is the historic Intramuros inside the city of Manila. Many of its structures are preserved from the Spanish era so not only is it Instagram-worthy, you also get to see how Filipinos lived and looked like in the old times. Places you can visit in Intramuros includes:
- Fort Santiago (with 75 Pesos entrance fee)
- Rizal Shrine with a museum
- Rizaliana Furniture Exhibit
- Bahay Tsinoy (with 100 Pesos entrance fee)
- Casa Manila ( with 75 Pesos entrance fee)
- Baluarte de San Diego (with 75 Pesos entrance fee)
- NCAA Gallery
The National Museum of Natural History
Next on our list is probably Philippine’s first world-class museum, the National Museum of Natural History. It’s also the first museum in the country that had hundreds of people lining up to get in. It features 10 galleries that includes plants, animals (with the biggest captured reptile “Lolong” in the Philippines), fungi and so much more.
Luneta or Rizal Park
Whether you are a Pokemon player or just love nature, Luneta Park is a must-visit. Every Pokemon player in the country knows Luneta is the place to visit to catch the rarest Pokemon found in the Philippines. And that is not really surprising because Luneta is located in heart of Manila and is one of the biggest parks in the country. The park features different activities, gardens that anyone can participate and visit.
Manila is also home to the oldest, biggest and most majestic churches in the country. Most of it is preserved from the Spanish era so it doesn’t get any more Instagrammable than that. Some of the most popular churches in Manila includes;
- Quiapo Church
- Manila Cathedral
- San Agustin Church
SM Mall of Asia
If shopping is your game then Mall of Asia is your place. It is called SM Mall of Asia because it is the 4th largest shopping mall in the country and the 12th biggest in the world! It is approximately 406,962 square meters huge and has a foot traffic of 200,000 people every day. It features almost every local fashion brand store in the Philippines, a huge variety of restaurants and so much more.
Last but certainly not the least is Chinatown in Binondo, Manila! It is said to be the oldest Chinatown in the country and is one of the favorite places for Filipinos to shop! Just like every Chinatown in other countries, the Chinatown in Manila features bargain shopping items, street food, and countless Chinese restaurants!