Seng Guan Buddhist Temple
Further north, the Seng Guan Buddhist Temple is the centre of Manila’s Buddhist community. It’s not pretty but it’s big.
At the northern end of Paredes St stands the bell tower of Binondo Church, an unusual octagonal structure dating back to 1596. The rest...
While today Escolta St is a fairly gritty and rundown strip, it remains of historical significance as one of the last remnants of...
The interior of this place is as brightly coloured as a ripe melon. Like many local places, the name leaves little doubt as to what’s on...
After centuries of suppression by the Spanish, Manila’s Chinese population quickly rose on the economic and social ladder under more liberal administrations. Today the centre of the vibrant Chinese community is Chinatown, which straddles Santa Cruz and Binondo.
Chinatown is demarcated by Goodwill Arches . The main street is Ongpin St; walking its length – which we recommended – will take 10 minutes, but exploring the neighbourhood can take hours. As in any other Chinese enclave around the world, you’ll find dozens of goldsmiths, herbalists, teahouses and shops selling mooncakes, incense, paper money to burn for ancestors, trinkets and other curios. There are numerous places for a snack or a meal.