Chinatown (Binondo)

Attraction Chinatown Binondo, Manila Metro Manila Philippin Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
06:00 PM
07:30 PM
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Binondo is a district in Manila and is referred to as the city's Chinatown and its influence extends beyond to the places of Quiapo, Santa Cruz, San Nicolas.

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Why Chinatown (Binondo) is special ?

Manila Chinatown is known by various names reflecting its multiple functions and layers of meanings. To the tourists, it is known as Chinatown, a common reference to an area where there are a lot of Chinese or Chinese businesses. To the Filipinos, the area is known as Binondo. When the Filipino Chinese communicate among themselves, they refer to the area as “Chi Lai”, 市内, Hokkien term for inner city. Although Manila and Philippines are associated with Catholicism, you will find much evidence of Chinese heritage and traditional Chinese institutions in Manila Chinatown.


Binondo is a district in Manila and is referred to as the city's Chinatown and its influence extends beyond to the places of Quiapo, Santa Cruz, San Nicolas. It is the oldest Chinatown in the world, established in the 1594 by the Spaniards as a settlement near Intramuros but across the Pasig River for Catholic Chinese, it was positioned so that colonial rulers could keep a close eye on their migrant subjects. It was already a hub of Chinese commerce even before the Spanish colonial period. Binondo is the center of commerce and trade of Manila, where all types of business run by Filipino-Chinese thrive.


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What to explore at Chinatown (Binondo)?

Most visitors to Manila visit Chinatown to shop at the wholesale stores, where everything under the sun may be purchased (and usually at good prices), or else to sample the wide range of exotic cuisine. One of Binondo's best features is its converted movie theatres, which now house top-quality restaurants turning out traditional Chinese fare. The Binondo Church is a popular attraction in the district. There are numerous Chinese festivals and parades throughout the year and lucky travellers may witness such events. Manila's Chinatown is a crowded, bustling place and visitors should take care of their possessions as pickpockets and bag snatchers are known to operate.

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How to get to Chinatown (Binondo)?

From Manila:

Route 1: FX/Jeep

From Taft Avenue, ride an FX/jeep to Divisoria, and get off at Ongpin corner Q. Paredes. Landmark is Binondo Church.

Route 2: LRT1

Take the LRT1 to Carriedo station.

Exit the station.

Walk past Sta. Cruz Church towards Bustos.

Turn left at Bustos, and walk about 1 block until you get to Ongpin. Chinatown begins there, right behind Sta. Cruz Church.

Route 3: Jeep

From Taft Avenue, ride a jeep to Sta. Cruz, and get off at Sta. Cruz Church.

Cross Rizal Avenue.

Turn right at Rizal Avenue, and walk past Sta. Cruz Church towards Bustos.

Turn left at Bustos, and walk about 1 block until you get to Ongpin. Chinatown begins there, right behind Sta. Cruz Church.

Route 4: Jeep

From Morayta, ride a jeep to Divisoria, and get off at Arranque Market.

Cross Claro M. Recto Avenue.

Walk towards Soler (behind Arranque Market).

Turn left at Soler, and walk until you get to T. Mapua.

Turn right at T. Mapua, and walk about 1 block until you get to Ongpin.

Route 5: LRT2

Take the LRT2 to Recto terminal station.

Take the South Exit.

Turn left at Claro M. Recto, and walk about 1 block, past Calero, Oroquieta, and the Phil. Rabbit Terminal, until you get to Rizal Avenue.

Turn left at Rizal Avenue, and walk about 4 blocks, past Soler, Germina, Katubusan, G. Puyat, and Ronquillo, until you get to LRT1-Carriedo station.

Cross Rizal Avenue.

Turn right, and walk past Sta. Cruz Church towards Bustos.

Turn left at Bustos, and walk about 1 block until you get to Ongpin. Chinatown begins there, right behind Sta. Cruz Church.

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Selling points

  • Never miss a visit to Chinatown
  • Chinese Foodie Mecca
  • Shopping galore
  • A great place for relaxing days
  • Foodtrip
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Tips for you

  • You can't miss Ongpin Street - is a home to many Chinese herbal stores, restaurants and groceries.
    Things to do
  • It's advisable to go to Santo Cristo de Longos - is an image of the Crucified Christ. You should visit Binondo Church - built in 1596, it is one of the oldest places of Christian Worship.
    What to see
  • It's the best places to taste china foods. Don't forget to visit the Estero for fried frog legs
    Food
  • You should eat at President's Teahouse
    Eat
  • The street is very dirty.
    Environment
  • This place becomes very busy days/weeks before and during l Chinese New Year
    Timming
  • Beware of pick-pockets there.
    Safety
  • It's really hard to park your cars there
    Parking
  • After Hungry Ghost Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated, which is also known as Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, in this occasion people eat moon cakes. You should visit at that time
    Events
  • Try the local cafes. There's Mezzanine Cafe, all proceeds go to the nearby fire station.
    Drinks

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Chinatown, as most Chinese would expect, to get cheap goods, in particular, textile goods of vagaries of fashions, on sale along the "street mall". The ladies' shirts and blouse ranging 50 to 300 pesos (ie. RM3.80 to RM23) on sale are considered as very cheap and worth the money to buy as many. If you choose to get a better quality goods, the big, big shopping mall, 168 shopping mall, is just in front of the street mall. You may be tired after hours of shopping, but do not worry, a big food court is found inside the 168 shopping mall of which they offer cheap and delicious food in Philippines styles.

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Chinatown is becoming an open air SM or Mall!! all the old stores are being removed and changed into the generic fastfoods or tiangge types that hawk already expensive items... if you happen to find a bargain maybe you are not in Chinatown but near the DIVIsoria Area...It is losing its flavor..hawkers from everywhere use to be here but now a lot is closed and some are just used for storage....

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When you're in Manila, include Chinatown in your itinerary. This busy place is a delight to eyes and palate. You'll have your hopia at Eng Bee Tin, Chinese curio in Ongpin Street, and mouth-watering dishes at Estero (Riverside).

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Chinatown, as most Chinese would expect, to get cheap goods, in particular, textile goods of vagaries of fashions, on sale along the

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