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Hanging Coffins in Sagada

Written by Patrick

Visiting the hanging coffins of Sagada is not only an opportunity to appreciate a fascinating burial tradition but also a way to respect the cultural practices of indigenous communities in the Philippines.

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Hanging Coffins in Sagada, Mountain Province

Caption: Hanging Coffins in Sagada, Mountain Province

A popular tourist attraction in Sagada, Mountain Province, the hanging coffins is an ancient burial practice of the Igorot people, particularly the Kankaney group, the indigenous people inhabiting the western part of Mountain Province, northern Benguet, northeastern La Union, and southeastern Ilocos Sur.

This unique tradition of ancient burial dates back more than two thousand years.  It involves placing the deceased in coffins that are then suspended from the sides of cliffs or in the entrances of caves.  This stems from their belief that placing the coffins in an elevated area is a way to allow them to be nearer to the gods.  They also believe that the practice protects the deceased from potential grave robbers and wild animals.  However, the hanging of coffins is not accorded to all.  It is reserved only for leaders or those who have done great things for the community.

Over the years, the practice of hanging of coffins has become increasingly rare and replaced by modern burial methods.

Visiting the hanging coffins is one of the top activities among tourists visiting Sagada.  The journey to see the hanging coffins begins with a scenic adventure through the mountainous landscapes of the Cordillera region.  You will need to embark on a trek that could range from a relatively easy hike to a more challenging adventure.  The paths can be steep and narrow, but the effort is well worth the experience.

In addition to the hanging coffins, other tourist spots in the area include caves, traditional houses, and local markets where you can purchase local handicrafts, traditional clothing, and other souvenir items.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Hanging Coffins
Type of Attraction:
Address:
Sagada, Mountain Province
Website:
None
Phone:
+63 945 638 9936
Hours:
24 Hours
Closed:
None
Best Time to Visit:
March to May
Food & Drink:
YES
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person:  $15+
Payment Type:
Cash
Fees:
P50 ($1 USD) – Tourism Fee (per person)
P10 ($0.2 USD) – Entrance Fee

Guide Fee
P300 ($6 USD) – for 1 to 10 persons
P400 ($8 USD) – for 11 persons
P600 ($12 USD) – for 12 to 20 persons
Notes:
Avoid walking under or touching the coffins.
Avoid yelling or making unnecessary noises and be sure to maintain a respectful distance from the coffins.
Wear clothes and shoes appropriate for the trek.
Avoid littering the area. Bring reusable water bottles and dispose of your garbage properly.
The tour is not recommended for elderly and those with medical conditions as the trek can be challenging.

Cost per Person:  $= $1-5  |  $$ = $6-10  |  $$$ = $11-15  |  $$$$ = $15+

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This attraction is located on Luzon Island in Sagada.

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How to Get to Hanging Coffins?

Direct From Manila Direct to Sagada

  1. Head to Coda Lines Terminal in Cubao and take the bus that can take you directly to Sagada. Travel time is about 12 hours and the fare ranges from P760 ($15.2 USD) to P980 ($19.6 USD) depending on the type of bus.  Take note that these buses leave in the evening from 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM.
  2. Proceed to the Tourism Information Center to settle your tourism fee and arrange your tours.  It is best to register and book your accommodation and tours ahead of time.

From Manila Via Baguio

  1. Take a bus to Baguio from terminals in Avenida, Caloocan, Cubao, Pasay, PITX or Sampaloc.  A bus departs almost every hour from 12:00 AM to 11:00 PM.  Travel time is about 4 to 5 hours depending on the traffic condition.  The fare ranges from P600 ($12 USD) to P800 ($16 USD) depending on the type of bus and seat.
  2. In Baguio City, take a taxi to GL Trans Terminal.  Fare is around P80 ($1.6 USD).
  3. Get your ticket immediately as the seats get sold out fast especially during peak season.  The fare is P220 ($4.4 USD) and the travel time is 6 hours.  Take note that the bus departs at 5:30 AM, 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:00 PM.  Let the driver know that you are getting off in Sagada.

The airport closest to Hanging Coffins?

Loakan Airport (IATA: BAG), located in Baguio City, is the airport closest to Sagada Hanging Coffins.  It is located about 149 kilometers away and takes about five hours to travel by car. The airport currently doesn’t have commercial flights. The nearest airport that has commercial flights is Tuguegarao Airport in Cagayan province. It takes at least 4 hours travel by car from the airport to Sagada.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning usually before 10:00 AM.

Closures

This attraction is open daily. 

Fees

Fees require payment in cash.

Food & Drink

Food and drinks from outside the attraction are allowed at this attraction.

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are not allowed at this attraction.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.  Don’t Trash the Philippines!  

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WHERE TO STAY

Hotels and resorts near the Hanging Coffins:

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Hanging Coffins

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NEARBY

The following are other points of interest are nearby:

  • Echo Valley
  • Sagada Underground River
  • Bokong Waterfall
  • Kiltepan Viewpoint
  • Marlboro Hill and Blue Soil Hill

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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