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“A nice walk back to history” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Intramuros

Intramuros
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US$135.00*
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Private Half-Day Manila City Tour
Ranked #2 of 128 things to do in Manila
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Intramuros, "The Walled City," is the oldest district in Manila. This is what remains of the fortified city, which was the seat of power during Spanish Colonial times (1521-1898).
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“A nice walk back to history”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

Intramuros is a UNESCO World Heritage site and which one should visit while in Manila. It is quite a vast area where the Manila Cathedral and Fort Santiago are located. The architecture of the cathedral is beautiful and stunning. St. Augustin church, which is beside the Manila Cathedral is another building listed under the World Heritage site. Its interior is simply beautiful. Fort Santiago is a former military headquarters of the Spanish colonial government. There are many colonial buildings along the cobbled road. Because we went there in the late afternoon, we rode on a horse carriage hoping to see more of the area. it is advisable to visit Intramuros in the morning to soak in the history of Manila.

Visited February 2014
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“For history lovers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

A must-go place for those who loves history. Everything within the Intramuros is historical, even including schools and universities inside the city.

You can expect to find things and artifacts of historical value, ranging from 15th century Spanish colonial buildings to World War II Japanese anti-aircraft guns. There are also some of the city's oldest churchs inside the walled city, such as San Agustin Church and the Manila Cathedral. It is also a good place to discover remnants of the Japanese rule of the Philippines.

Attractions inside the Intramuros include Fort Santiago, a big fortress overlooking the Pasig River that is once where Filippino national hero Jose P. Rizal spent his final days as well as a dungeon where hundreds of prisoners are brutally kept and left to die during WW2. There are also remnants of a fortress which was once the headquarters of General Douglas McArthur.

While entering Intramuros, you may be approached by rickshaw riders that offer tours of the Intramuros. I have been approached by one of these rickshaw riders that offer me a tour of the Intramuros for 500 pesos per hour. This rider is a very friendly and attentive guy, and provided very detailed descriptions of every single attractions in the city. I personally consider his tour rate (P500 per hour) reasonable and worth the value.

In Intramuros you might also see horse-pulled carts approaching you, offering you a tour. Please be minded that these horse-pulled cart rides are to be AVOIDED by all means. Their rates are unreasonably high, and a high proportion of these cart operators are not honest. They might offer you a rate of between P50 and P500 for the entire tour, only to charge you up to P2000 per hour at the end of the tour, and pretended that you misunderstood his price offer.

Visited April 2014
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“Only historical place probably in Manila”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

"Gives us a glimpse of the past captures the essence of what was Manila before and what is philippines today " is what I had read about this place. In reality you can see some old building with no much information there. There are not proper signages on how proceed to next street. Having no options left we hired a Tonga ride who normally try to cheat the foreingers skipped many places of historical importance to cut short his trip. All I got to see is some old buildings, so called jail, battery and a golf course along with poverty ridder narrow gullies. If you have nothing to do in Manila you can visit this place.

Visited March 2014
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Grafton, Australia
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“Wow what a great historical marvel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

Well I read the reviews and went in with an open mind. What a phenomenal place, such grand architecture. I imagined being a 15th century person seeing this place for the 1st time and what it would have been like to descend upon such pure awesome power. It would have been daunting to say the least, the spaniards must have truly mad an amazing impression on anyone who dared approach. The fort of Santiago is terrific, what is left fate the World War Two bombings is still extremely impressive and the phillipinos have done a great job preserving this amazing structure. The Rizal memorial is also very interesting and to see 19th century revolutionary history displayed so well is a credit to these people. More sites along the intramuros trail are also a site to behold, particularly the round fort. All I can say is visit this historical marvel, it's a visit you'll not forget and one well worth the time spent. I was truly amazed and intrigued the whole time and I've seen many monuments around the world, this one equals those in many ways. Thanks Manila, a pat on the back for an interesting and informative tour. AAA plus.

Visited April 2014
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“Most beautiful place in Manila”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

Intramuros is amazing, full historical place in Manila. You can take a tricycle tour for good value. Your tricycle guide men will show you Intramuros interesting places. Must try it!! Intramuros is great place!!

Visited July 2013
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