Attraction Intramuros, Manila Metro Manila Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
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Intramuros is the oldest district and historic core of Manila. Known as the Walled City, the original fortified city is a marvelous way to spend the day in Manila.

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Why Intramuros is special ?

Intramuros is the oldest district and historic core of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Also called the Walled City, it was the original city of Manila and was the seat of government when the Philippines was a component realm of the Spanish Empire. The name is taken from the Latin, intra muros, literally "Within the walls", meaning within the wall enclosure of the city/fortress, also describes its structure as it is surrounded by thick, high walls and moats. During the Spanish colonial period, Intramuros was considered Manila itself.

Intramuros was heavily damaged during the battle to recapture the city from the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second World War. Reconstruction of the walls was started in 1951 when Intramuros was declared a National Historical Monument, which is continued to this day by the Intramuros Administration (IA).


What to explore at Intramuros?

Intramuros is heaped in history. A visit to the old city throw some light on the history of Philippines and life during the early period of settlements.

At the mouth of the Pasig River you’ll find Manila’s premier tourist attraction, Fort Santiago , fronted by a pretty lily pond and the Intramuros Visitors Center. During WWII the fort was used as a prisoner-of-war camp by the Japanese. Within the fort grounds you’ll find the Rizal Shrine in the building where national hero José Rizal was incarcerated as he awaited execution. It contains Rizal’s personal effects and an original copy of his last poem, ‘Mi Ultimo Adios’ (My Last Farewell).

The most interesting building to survive the Battle of Manila is the church and monastery of San Agustin . The interior is truly opulent and the ceiling, painted in 3-D relief, will make you question your vision. Opposite the church, Casa Manila is a beautiful reproduction of a three-storey Spanish colonial mansion, filled with priceless antiques.

Around the area are various restaurants that offer fusion of Filipino and foreign dishes, although choices of Philippine food are mostly available. It’s always a double treat for you – good food and good ambiance.


How to get to Intramuros?

By taxi

For visitors who don't mind shelling out a little extra - and putting up with rush-hour traffic jams - Manila's relatively inexpensive taxis are probably the easiest and most direct way of reaching Intramuros from elsewhere in the city. The current flagdown rate is P40, and the fare goes up in increments of P3.50 every 300 metres.

By train

The nearest railway station is Central Terminal (LRT-1 / Yellow Line). Though within sight of the eastern walls, the station is a pretty long walk from the western part of Intramuros (where many of the major sights are located), so tourists headed in that direction might consider covering the rest of the journey by taxi.

You can also follow these routes to reach the place:

Bus Routes: Dasmarinas Bayan-Lawton; Manuela Metropolis Alabang (Metropolis Mall)-Lawton/Taft/PGH; Ayala-Lawton/Taft/PGH

Jeepney Routes: Quiapo-Pier; Doroteo Jose-Baclaran/Mabini; Quiapo-Lawton/SM City Hall; Divisoria-Lawton/SM City Hall; UST/Dapitan-Lawton/SM City Hall; Blumentritt-Lawton/SM City Hall; Cubao-Lawton/SM City Hall; Baclaran-Lawton/SM City Hall


Selling points

  • Beautiful old part of town
  • Incredible Intramuros
  • Clean and tidy and well preserved
  • Very different from the rest of Manila
  • A glimpse to the golden age of Manila
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Intramuros, Manila Metro Manila Philippines

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Tips for you

  • The traffic is so crazy.
  • It's advised to walk around the golf course and go to Fort Santiago
    Things to do
  • You should visit San Agustin Church and Manila Cathedral. There are parts of the Walls that have scenes & views to die for. One is facing pasig river area & overlooking old manila buildings. The other is facing the Pond of the Golf course & the Manila hotel.
    What to see
  • There are a lot of delicious foods on the wall near Mapua
  • Going to Intramuros in the afternoon and stay there until sunset. This is probably the best time because you will see all the pupils and students at the streets - very colourful.
  • You should bargain prices for tours with the horse carts.
  • They also organize some events and plays here
  • You can walk to Silahis, the best souvenir shop in town with some of the best deals in good art and art craft, with a walk after Intramuros.


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Great scenery. Everything old and beautiful. It's very pleasant place for a stroll and lose yourself for a few hours. It was a bit annoying that every 5 minutes someone comes and bugs you for a tricycle ride, and you have to say no about 15 ties to get them to go bother smeone else. but anyhow, great pleace. Coolest place I've been to in Manila.

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well its mixed in with so much in this area. it was a good place to hear about the history of the city and all the changes it went through years ago.

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a good place to learn about the history of Manila. We took the ferry boat along the Pasig River here.

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The historic Centre of Manila.Took me six times to Manila to get round to doing this.Well worth it. took a calessa. Very reasonable. Went round some of the Major churches and then fort Santiago. A great Day

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