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Must-visit Tourist Attractions in Manila – Amazing Highlights for the Sightseer

If you visit Manila, you will find an array of interesting tourist attractions, such as Fort Santiago, Rizal Park, San Agustin Church, and Manila Ocean Park that provide captivating experiences.


Fort Santiago

There is no doubt that Fort Santiago would be counted among Manila's foremost sightseeing attractions. This eye-catching fort which dates to the latter part of the 16th century could be found at Intramuros, the old walled city. You will see that Fort Santiago contains several features of interest including the renowned Rizal Shrine, a monument to Jose Rizal, the Philippines' national hero. In addition to being an attraction for history and culture lovers, Fort Santiago will also offer great photo opportunities.


Rizal Park

The well-known Rizal Park would be another important attraction in Manila. This park is greatly esteemed by Filipinos as it happens to be the location at which Jose Rizal, a national icon, was executed. You will see that this expansive park boasts many features of interest such as picturesque decorative gardens, a central lagoon featuring musical fountains, statues of important figures and an orchidarium. The park is a popular attraction for both locals as well as foreign visitors, with many couples taking the opportunity to stroll around its appealing lawns and avenues.


San Agustin Church

If you appreciate interesting religious attractions, you should undoubtedly take the chance to visit the captivating San Agustin Church which is regarded as one of Manila's significant historical attractions. It happens to be the Philippines' oldest church, dating to the 16th century. In addition to being an important landmark, this church has been identified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and interestingly, it remains a functioning place of worship today.


Manila Ocean Park

An attraction of a very different kind would be Manila Ocean Park which presents a mind-boggling collection of marine creatures that would captivate and delight families. At the oceanarium here, you will encounter over 14,000 creatures belonging to as many as 270 different species; accordingly, this aquarium would be counted among the world's largest as well. An accommodation choice to consider from which you could easily visit this aquarium would be Somerset Alabang Manila where you could stay in a pleasingly located apartment in Alabang.


Malacanang Palace

Your tour of Manila's sightseeing attractions wouldn't be complete without experiencing the renowned Malacanang Palace. Officially, this palace is regarded as the Philippines' President's residence and will present an absorbing sight for the visitor. You will see that this palace which dates to the 18th century displays a blend of Neoclassical and local architectural styles. Visitors to the palace will also have the chance to gain an insight into the city of Manila by visiting the Presidential Museum and Library which you will find here.


National Museum Complex

You will find that Manila's National Museum Complex would be an engrossing attraction that will draw the interest of visitors of all ages. By visiting this complex, you will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the nation's history and culture. Additionally, there would be no entry fee to visit this captivating complex, as the government desires to encourage foreign visitors to gain an insight into the nation's rich heritage.