South of the centre, the small village of Demang is now a barangay of Sagada but was the area’s original settlement and remains Sagada’s cultural and traditional heart. Most of Sagada’s dap-ay (outdoor patios) are in Demang and most begnas (traditional Kankanay community celebrations) are held here. If you happen to be invited to one, bring a gift such as bread or a chicken.

To walk to Demang, turn right along the road that's just south of Lemon Pie House.

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Nearby Sagada attractions

1. Lumiang Burial Cave

0.38 MILES

Lumiang Burial Cave is a 10- to 15-minute walk south of the main village, towards Ambasing, well signposted along the left-hand fork in the road. Steep…

2. Echo Valley Hanging Coffins

0.55 MILES

Sagada's most popular attractions are the hanging coffins of Echo Valley: some are centuries old, while others are only a few years old. Most are high up…

3. Ganduyan Museum

0.58 MILES

This small museum is packed with an anthropologist’s dream of sculptures, jewellery and other Kankanay artefacts. Be sure to chat to the owner, the son of…

4. Echo Valley Lookout


You'll pass the Echo Valley lookout on the way to the Echo Valley Hanging Coffins. You'll probably hear people shouting into the valley before you get…

5. Sumaging Cave

0.71 MILES

The exhilarating Sumaging Cave, or Big Cave, is the most popular of Sagada's caves. Its immense chambers are home to other-0worldly rock formations with…

6. Besao

2.15 MILES

Hikes from nearby Besao are less busy than those around Sagada, but they don't feature any coffins and you'll need determination to tackle them. Jeepneys…

7. Bontoc Museum


At this wonderful museum, powerful black-and-white photos are interspersed with indigenous art, representing each of the region’s main tribes. You may…

8. Banaue Museum

15.62 MILES

The Banaue View Inn runs this museum, which contains books written decades ago by anthropologist Otley Beyer and Igorot artefacts collected by his son…