Attractions

Intramuros

Written by Patrick

Intramuros offers visitors a glimpse into the country’s colonial past and provides a unique atmosphere with its mix of Spanish and Filipino influences.

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OVERVIEW

Statue inside Fort Santiago in Intramuros

Caption: Statue inside Fort Santiago in Intramuros

Intramuros, Latin for “inside the walls”, is a historic walled area constructed by the Spanish Imperial Government in the late 16th century.  The walls aimed to protect the area from invasions and also served as the seat of government during Spanish colonization.

During the Battle of Manila during World War II, Intramuros was badly destroyed by the Japanese Imperial Army.  Among the several structures including churches, schools, government buildings, and houses, only the historic San Agustin Church survived and is now recognized as one of the oldest Catholic Churches in the Philippines.

Aside from San Agustin Church, there are several other structures presently found within the walls of Intramuros.  Lyceum of the Philippines University, Colegio de San Juan de Letrán, Mapúa Institute of Technology, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and Manila Cathedral are located in Intramuros.  Several monuments, government buildings such as the Bureau of Immigration Head Office, museums, business offices, restaurants, and hotels are also found in the area.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Intramuros
Type of Attraction:
Address:
Intramuros, Metro Manila
Phone:
+28-527-2961
Hours:
Open 24 Hours
Closed:
None
Best Time to Visit:
October to May
Food & Drink:
YES
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person:  $6-10
Payment Type:
Cash | Credit Cards
Fees:
P75 ($1.5 USD) – Entrance fee Fort Santiago (Adults)
P50 ($1 USD) – Entrance fee Fort Santiago (Students & PWDs)
P75 ($1.5 USD) – Entrance fee Baluarte de San Diego (Adults)
P50 ($1 USD) – Entrance fee Baluarte de San Diego (Students & PWDs)
P75 ($1.5 USD)- Entrance fee Casa Manila Museum (Adults)
P50 ($1 USD) – Entrance fee Casa Manila Museum (Students & PWDs)
P200 ($4 USD)- Entrance fee San Agustin Museum & Cultural Center (Adults)
P160 ($3.2 USD) – Entrance fee San Agustin Museum & Cultural Center (Students & PWDs)
Notes:
Wear comfortable shoes and light clothing especially if you are traveling from February to May which is the dry season in the Philippines. When traveling during the rainy season, make sure to bring an umbrella, jacket, or rain coat.

Take care of your valuables and avoid wearing or showing off flashy things to avoid attracting snatchers and pickpockets.

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This attraction  is located on Luzon Island in Metro Manila.

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NEED TO KNOW

How to Get to Intramuros?

By LRT 1

  1. Ride the LRT-1 and get off at the Central Station.
  2. Walk to the Manila City Hall which is 400 meters away.
  3. Take the Manila City Hall Underpass and walk through Victoria Street which leads to the entrance of Intramuros.

By LRT 2

  1. Ride the LRT 2 at Cubao Araneta Train Station bound for Recto.
  2. Get off at Recto Station and take the walkway to Doroteo Jose LRT 1 Station.
  3. Take a train bound for Baclaran and get off at the Central Station.
  4. Walk to the Manila City Hall which is 400 meters away.
  5. Take the Manila City Hall Underpass and walk through Victoria Street which leads to the entrance of Intramuros.
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The airport closest to Intramuros

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in Pasay is the closest airport to Intramuros.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning, usually before 9:00 AM.

Closures

This attraction is always open. 

Fees

Credit cards are accepted at this attraction. 

Food & Drink

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

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are 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!  

The Philippines are beautiful islands … let’s all ensure they remain this way. 

WHERE TO STAY

The following are hotels nearby:

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TIPS & HACKS

The following are recommended items for this experience: 

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Photos

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Videos

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NEARBY

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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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