Witness both the oldest Chinatown in the world and oldest Chinese Temple in Manila in this full-day walking tour around the historical district of Binondo. Food lovers will love this tour as you will get to try various Chinese delicacies in the streets. You will also feel like being transported to China as you visit the Chinese cemetery which houses architecture similar to those found in Fujian province.
To start your tour, you will be picked up in your accommodation by your tour guide and taken to downtown Binondo, which you will explore on foot. Binondo is the oldest Chinatown in the world and was founded in 1594 by Luis Perez Dasmarinas, a Spanish governor, and was the main hub of the Chinese back in the day thanks to its advantageous location. Binondo is home to the Binondo Chinatown Arch, which serves as the entry point to the district. Notable attractions in the area include the Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz and Binondo Church which is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in the Philippines. Jewelry lovers will definitely enjoy visiting Ongpin, which is home to a lot of gold vendors. You will also get to try various Chinese delicacies such as dumplings and soup.
Once you’ve had your fill, your tour guide will drive you to the 5.4 hectare Manila Chinese Cemetery in Santa Cruz, Manila. This is the second oldest cemetery in Manila and is the resting place of the Chinese who were denied burial in Catholic cemeteries during the Spanish colonial times. It is home to the Chong Hock Tong Temple, which is the oldest Chinese temple in Manila and was demolished back in 2015, but has since been rebuilt. As the day ends, your driver will bring you back to your hotel, full of new knowledge about Manila.
Put on your walking shoes and join us on this adventure to discover the sights, sounds, and tastes of Chinatown. This will surely be an experience you’ll want to share with your friends and family. Check availability by choosing a date above.
- All our guides speak English.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs may be limited.