Chinese Cemetery

Attraction Aurora Boulevard, Manila, Luzon, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours 30 mins
07:30 AM - 07:30 PM
09:00 AM
11:30 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Family
Historic
Must see
Kids
Free
Architecture
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Chinese Cemetery, the second oldest cemetery in Manila, was designated as the resting place for the Chinese citizens who were denied burial in Catholic cemeteries during the Spanish colonial period.

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Why Chinese Cemetery is special ?

The Manila Chinese Cemetery is the second oldest cemetery in Manila after La Loma Cemetery and was designated as the resting place for the Chinese citizens who were denied burial in Catholic cemeteries during the Spanish colonial period. The cemetery was witness to many executions during World War II. Among them were Girl Scouts organizer Josefa Llanes Escoda, Boy Scout of the Philippines founder Vicente Lim literary geniuses Rafael Roces and Manuel Arguilla, star athlete-turned-guerrilla spy Virgilio Lobregat, and Chinese Consul General Yang Guangsheng. Apolinario Mabini was also buried in the cemetery before his remains were transferred to Batangas.


Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/

What to explore at Chinese Cemetery?

The Manila Chinese Cemetery would be a perfect setting for one of the old Jackie Chan movies. It is a blast from the past, a kind of time travel. In fact, if you do visit the cemetery you will be treated to different Chinese temples, memorials and halls, all of them are unique and have their own history. Considering that this is the second oldest cemetery in Manila and was designed for Chinese citizens during the Spanish colonial period, you will be treated to a truly unique sight seeing experience.

As you enter the cemetery, you will see the oldest Chinese temple in Manila, the Chong Hock Tong Temple. This temple is different from the typical Chinese temples around since it was built in the mid 1800s. What you will see here is the architecture similar to the ones found in the Fujian province.

Although you might expect that the Manila Chinese Cemetery is only for the Chinese, you will be surprised when you walk around that there are also Filipino-Chinese leaders and heroes buried in the place.

There is of course the Carlos Palanca Memorial or Tan Quien Sien which is a memorial to this 19th century Chinese-Filipino businessman and leader. The memorial is in recognition of his efforts to build the cemetery for the Chinese who were not allowed to be buried in the other cemeteries during the Spanish era.

Source: http://www.philippines-travel-guide.com/

How to get to Chinese Cemetery?

Getting to the Manila Chinese Cemetery is quite easy; you can take a jeepney, taxi or the LRT. If you want to take the jeepney, you can ride the Monumento – Baclaran trip. Tell the driver to drop you off the Manila Chinese Cemetery.

Or if you choose to take the LRT, you can get off from R. Papa Station and then take a motorized bicycle with side cars (trike), which will take you directly to the Manila Chinese Cemetery.

Source: http://www.philippines-travel-guide.com/

Selling points

  • Tombs built like mansions
  • Manila's Finest Cemetery for Chinese
  • Interesting and unusual cemetery
  • A different but very interesting place to visit
  • Fascinating view to a sacred ritual
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
118.59 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Aurora Boulevard, Manila, Luzon, Philippines

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Tips for you

  • The nearest LRT station to get here is LRT-1 Abad Santos Station. Alight at Abad Santos LRT station, then turn to your left, head to the southeast direction and walk for around 300m, you will reach the South Gate of Chinese Cemetery. If you are tired of walking, you can take a tricycle ride from the LRT station for around 30 pesos.
    Transportation
  • Ensure you go to the right gate - the safest is to use the South entrance which is open every day of the week, the North entrance is only open on Sundays when all the mourners come to visit (and it is incredibly busy). If the office is open, they'll give you a map and tell you which tombs shouldn't be missed.
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  • Surrounding there is not safe. their are illegal settlers besides and outside the cemetery. You should be aware of pickpockets there.
    Safety
  • There is no official tour guide there.
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Did a great walking tour through the Chinese cemetery. Shows the blend of culture and tradition in the Philippines. Who knew you needed a potty and kitchen in your burial quarters : ) take a tour and find out why!

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This is where you will notice the rich families burial place as compare to those not so well to do in society

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The cemetery was full of rich culture and gave a fantastic view to chinese customs in caring for their dead. Definitely rough terrain with mangy dogs roaming around, but if you could look past that, it was an incredible experience. Ensure you go to the right gate - the safest is to use the South entrance which is open every day of the week, the North entrance is only open on Sundays when all the mourners come to visit (and it is incredibly busy). Both entrances are close to LRT stops - LRT was very easy to navigate and gave an interesting view to the city as we passed. We got a guide at the front gate - 800 Pesos for an hour tour. June was great, he gave us some interpretation of the symbols and was helpful in showing us the highlights, but didn't really know much about the people interned there. We did however get a behind the scenes view to the crematorium, which was incredible.

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Did a great walking tour through the Chinese cemetery. Shows the blend of culture and tradition in the Philippines. Who knew you needed a potty and kitchen in your burial quarters : ) take a tour and find out why!

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