National Museum & Intramuros: Day Tour

If you plan to go around Manila area, want to seize the place for just half a day so you can accommodate other stuffs in the afternoon well it is possible my friend!

I have personally tried this thing and it worked perfectly awesome! I am surprised that we saw a lot of historical places in the capital of the Philippines and we spent less amount of money but pumped with Filipino culture and vibe.

In this trip, you will be able to see the ff:

  • Quiapo Church.
  • Plaza Lacson
  • Sta Cruz Paris Church
  • First United Bldg (aka Perez-Samanillo Building)
  • Binondo, Manila Chinatown.
  • The historical Escolta street.
  • Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch
  • Jones Bridge
  • Riverside Drive
  • Plaza Mexico
  • Aduana & Intramuros
  • Manila City Hall
  • National Museum
So here's the part two of this travel thing, below is the link for the part 1 of this post.

6. Riverside Drive.

Sure there could be other way to go to your destination (the National Museum), but t wouldn't be worthwhile if you take the road in the riverside drive where you can see the boats and feel of the Pasig River -- again another historical icon of the Philippines dating from the Spanish booming economical times.

7. Plaza Mexico . 

We could see big figures of medal and status in this place that is instagram worthy.

"Plaza de Mexico, also known simply as Plaza Mexico, is a historic riverside square in Manila, Philippines, located at the west end of Magallanes Drive and Riverside Drive in Intramuros bordering the Pasig River in the north. It is surrounded by the Aduana Building on the south, the Bureau of Immigration Building on the east and the ruins of the Bastión de Maestranza and Puerta de Almacenes on the west."

8. Aduana & Intramuros.

"The Aduana Building, also known as the Intendencia, was a Spanish colonial structure in Manila, Philippines that housed several government offices through the years. It is located in front of the BPI Intramuros (formerly the site of the old Santo Domingo Church) at Plaza España, Soriano (Aduana) Ave. corner Muralla St. in Intramuros."

9. Manila City Hall.

"The Manila City Hall (Filipino: Gusaling Panlungsod ng Maynila) is located in the historic center of Ermita, Manila. It is where the Mayor of Manila holds office and the chambers of the Manila City Council.[2] It was originally intended to be a part of a national government center envisioned by Daniel Burnham in the 1930s. Although the dream plan was not fully implemented, some buildings for the proposed government center was constructed, including the Old Legislative Building (now the National Museum of Fine Arts), and the Agriculture and Finance Buildings (presently the National Museum of Anthropology and National Museum of Natural History)."

This is famous for its coffin shape structure and some "ghost stories" but for me, i love the big clock feel of this building. Basically London-ish.

10. National Museum. 

"The National Museum of the Philippines (Filipino: Pambansang Museo ng Pilipinas) is a government institution in the Philippines and serves as an educational, scientific and cultural institution in preserving the various permanent national collections featuring the ethnographic, anthropological, archaeological and visual artistry of the Philippines. Since 1998, the National Museum has been the regulatory and enforcement agency of the National Government in the restoring and safeguarding of important cultural properties, sites and reservations throughout the Philippines."

Wouldn't it be nice to arrive in your destination and your way there was filled with great adventures. 

The staircase leading to different floors in the museum. 

I've been dreaming to see the famous old senate of the Philippines which was housed also in now the National Museum of the Philippines! So much history and love for the place and heritage. 

Click this for the Part 1
Click this for more photos. 
Click here for free itinerary and expense sheet


  1. Love the old buildings and the colorful art. Nice photos in the capital. I would enjoy that museum.

    1. Truly, even me was awestruck. Thanks Mary!

  2. Thank you for the nice photos that I get to get historical places in Manila.

  3. amazing snapshots of manila ... you're a great ambassador for the city!

  4. I hope to visit Manila one day. Have a happy day!

    1. Oh please do! There are a lot of things to do here and plenty of places to visit!


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