The Philippines was the only Spanish colony in whole of Asia, and luckily so that is what makes it standout from the other neighboring nations. Instramurous is the centre point of Spanish culture in manila and best place to dive into opulent Spanish history. After having been demolished in WWII the fortified walls of the city have again been resurrected largely and are a great refuge from the hush and rush of the city. Meandering in the boulevards here you will get a sense of tranquility which is lined by colonial buildings.
In the heart of the Instamurous stands the legendary Fort Santiago- a stronghold used by Spanish and American military with its arched doors, barracks and prison blocks encircled by parks, fountains and assembly halls.
Manila is overflowing with rich exhibition halls enriched with various themes. For an understanding of the pre-Hispanic time, visit the national Museum, set inside of a nineteenth century neo-classical building, it shows ancient rarities going back to hundreds of years. The Rizal Shrine Museum is another shocker which is a tribute to the life of the national saint – Dr. Jose Rizal, which showcases the important events of his lives and the gems show extraordinary veneration to his patriotism for the nation. Its to a greater degree a time travel to the revolutionary moment of the country.
Chinatown and unusual cemeteries
The city gloats brags about being a home to the most seasoned Chinatown of the world, Binodo region is an incredible spot to catch the vibe of old Manilla . Avenues are decorated with Chinese lights and are lined with Chinese shops on one side which offers home grown medications, Buddhist keepsake and not to mention sumptuous Hokkien food..
Only north of Binodo is the Chineese memorial park, one of the Manilla's most supernatural sights. Feel the despairing of the lanes spotted with tombs the vast majority of which are air-conditioned. In the event that this doesn't appears to be surreal, than simply take few strides forward to the neighboring North cemetery where individuals have made houses and setup shops in the midst of the tombs.