Rizal Park

Attraction Ermita, Manila, Manila, Luzon 1000, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
04:00 PM
06:00 PM
First-time visit
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Historic
Outdoor
Park
Must see
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1.03 - 0.02 USD

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Rizal Park, also known as Luneta Park, is a historical urban park located in the heart of the city of Manila, Philippines, adjacent to the old walled city of Manila.

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Why Rizal Park is special ?

Rizal Park (Filipino: Liwasang Rizal), also known as Luneta National Park or simply Luneta, is a historical urban park in the Philippines. Located along Roxas Boulevard, Manila, adjacent to the old walled city of Intramuros, it is one of the largest urban parks in Asia. It has been a favorite leisure spot, and is frequented on Sundays and national holidays. Rizal Park is one of the major tourist attractions of Manila.


Situated by the Manila Bay, it is an important site in Philippine history. The execution of national hero José Rizal on December 30, 1896 fanned the flames of the 1896 Philippine Revolution against the Kingdom of Spain. The area was officially renamed Rizal Park in his honor, and the monument enshrining his remains serves as the park's symbolic focal point. The Declaration of Philippine Independence from the United States was held here on July 4, 1946 as were later political rallies including those of Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino in 1986 that culminated in the EDSA Revolution.


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What to explore at Rizal Park?

Manila’s iconic Rizal Park is spread out over some 60 hectares of open lawns, ornamental gardens, ponds, paved walks and wooded areas, dotted with monuments to a whole pantheon of Filipino heroes. It's an atmospheric place to take a stroll, particularly late afternoons, early evening and weekends.

The park is divided into three sections. At the edge of the middle section is the Site of Rizal’s Execution ; at the entrance is a black granite wall inscribed with Rizal’s ‘Mi Ultimo Adios’ (My Last Farewell). Eight tableaux of life-size bronze statues recreate the dramatic last moments of the hero’s life; at night these statues become part of a light-and-sound presentation dedicated to Rizal. At the opposite end of the park towards Kalaw Ave, keep an eye out for the drinking fountain shipped all the way from Heidelberg, Germany, where Rizal spent time studying at university. Also in the middle is the Central Lagoon , a pool lined with busts of Filipino heros and martyrs, and a dancing musical fountain that erupts in colourful explosions in the evening.

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How to get to Rizal Park?

For private vehicles, Rizal Park is accessible via Roxas Boulevard and Taft Avenue. It is actually advisable to come from Roxas Boulevard as there's ample parking and usually less car at this area. Taft Avenue usually have congested traffic.

By public transport:

From Monumento, take an LRT 1 Yellow Line going to Taft and get down at United Nations station. This will be the start of Luneta/Rizal Park. Or you can ride a jeepney along Rizal Avenue bound for Taft Avenue and asked to be dropped at T.M. Kalaw.

From Quezon City and Marikina:

Option 1. Take the LRT2 Purple Line and go down at Recto Station. From here, transfer to Doroteo Jose Station of LRT 1 Yellow Line and ride an LRT bound for Baclaran. Go down at United Nations Avenue.

Option 2. From Cubao, you can ride a jeepney/FX that is bound for Quiapo and asked to be dropped at Rizal Avenue. Ride an LRT 1 bound for Baclaran via Doroteo Jose Station. Get down at United Nations Station.

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Selling points

  • Peaceful and romantic moments in a busy city
  • Serenity in the middle of Manila
  • Simple walk, nice water exhibit
  • Large city park with interesting features
  • Nice urban park named after an important person
3  nice days in Manila with my family

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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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Ermita, Manila, Manila, Luzon 1000, Philippines

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Tips for you

  • You should be careful of wallets and don't carry valuables in view as groups of teenagers try to distract and grab what they can.
    Personal belongings
  • There's a fountain show at night. There are also Chinese gardens to visit.
    What to see
  • Don't forget to bring umbrella because the weather is hot in the noon.
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  • There are some of the statues surrounded by fences which meant you could not get up close or even read the plaque dedicated to the statue.
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  • The park is easy to find, just off United Nations LRT stop on the metro system
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  • Horse-drawn carriages are scammers, you should not trust them. They start with a reasonable price of 350 pesos but after they take you to the destination demand an outrageous price like 3550 pesos.
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  • Student can get a 50% discount on entrance ticket if you show your valid IDs.
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Come early in the morning and catch Pinoys working out with aerobics instructors and ballroom dancers in the tree-lined sides of the park.

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you didn't complete your childhood if you failed to visit Rizal Park

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Try to observe the guards of Rizal Monument. :)

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After exploring the “Walled City”, make your way to the Luneta Park where the monument of the country’s national hero. Dr. Jose Rizal, is located.

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If you don't have budjet to go to expensive places...this is the place where you can go. :) RIZAL PARK

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Stopped by this tour while on a day tour. Good to stop by, this is there the pope held a mass when he visited the Phillipines in Jan 15. Great big phillipine flag that's good to take a photo in front of.

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here is where you can see Manilenos kicking back and having a great time. Well maintained green space, a relief from the city. If you're interested in urban history, you can really see the Daniel Burnham master plan at work in the park and its perimeter buildings.

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Historical with nice views but next to one of the most polluting highways in Manila. It's free so it's a must visit

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We had the opportunity to have a brief visit to Rizal Park for a photo near the monument. Our friends gave us a brief recap of Mr. Rizal and what he had done for the country of the Philippines. It made us appreciate the monument and what it stands for. The park security also went out of their way to assist us during our visit...memories to last a life time.

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Come early in the morning and catch Pinoys working out with aerobics instructors and ballroom dancers in the tree-lined sides of the park.

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