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The oldest Chinatown in the world, Binondo, or the Manila Chinatown was founded in 1594 by the Spanish Governor Luis Pérez Dasmariñas as a permanent settlement for Chinese immigrants who converted to Catholicism. Though Binondo was founded by a Spanish, the relationship of Filipinos and Chinese go way back before the colonization. There were barter systems, the Chinese were the primary merchants, they brought European goods to the country, and most important of all, they forged a strong friendship with the Filipinos. Because Tondo was the center of all economic activities for Manila, and most parts of Luzon, the Pasig River became a vital transportation system for the goods to reach different places in Manila so the Chinese community settled in the banks of Pasig River. When Binondo was established, the Chinese community thrived there. They became constructing churches, banks, and bringing their culture with them.
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Address: Binondo Manila, City of Manila, Metro Manila
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Nearby attractions

Binondo Church
0.33 km away

Binondo Church, or the Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, is one of the many baroque Spanish churches that peppered the country during the 16th century. It was named after the first Filipino saint, San Lorenzo Ruiz, who was himself a sacristan in the church during his younger days. Since its establishment in 1596, Binondo Church was struck by an earthquake in 1863, and was bombed twice by Englishmen in 1762 and by Americans during the World War II. It was renovated several times, most recently in 2004, when the church was restored through the assistance of the Doña Salustiana Dee Foundation. While its architecture is Spanish, the octagonal shape of its tower was influenced by the Chinese during one of the church's renovations. Holy Mass here alternates between Tagalog and English. 

Escolta Museum
0.60 km away

Escolta Museum is a time machine to the old and elegant Manila. The museum has three small sections. The center section, or the entranceway, displays old photographs of Manila. The left wing displays vintage collections of sophisticated colored bottles from 1910 to 1960, and vintage print advertisements featuring ads on films, carnivals, appliances, and Filipiniana music. Meanwhile, the right wing displays old newspapers, journals, and reviews from the late 18th century to the early 19th century. These materials are printed in either Old Tagalog, Spanish, or English.

Sta Cruz Church
0.61 km away

The Jesuit missionaries built the Sta. Cruz Church in 1608. It was strategically located in the outskirts of Chinatown near Binondo to cater to the Chinese converts in Manila. The initial structure of Sta. Cruz Church had been partially damaged by two earthquakes and was completely devastated by the Battle of Manila in 1945 during the Japanese occupation. The current structure of the church was erected in 1957 and bears the characteristics of Spanish Baroque architecture. Nestled on top of the facade of the church is the image of Nuestra Señora del Pilar, the church's patroness. The side chapel has an image of La Pieta, a sculpture of the dead body of Jesus Christ being cradled by His mother, Mary. Another interesting feature of the church is the wooden cross found at the center of the crypt that contains carvings depicting the Way of the Cross.

Things to do nearby

Binondo Food Tour by Don't Skip Manila
Guided food tour
0.19 km away

Put aside 4 hours for a non-stop culinary treat as we eat our way around intimate alleys of Binondo! We'll walk around the streets of Binondo as we take in the rich Tsinoy history, chomp down authentic Chinese foods and gorge on specialty treats as we nibble our way through the heart of Chinatown. Definitely a wok for your stomach and the soul!

Chinatown Museum
0.23 km away

  • See 18 different galleries that celebrate the vibrant history of the oldest Chinatown in the world.
  • Immerse yourself in different points of history through interactive parts of the museum.
  • Relive the bustling town of Binondo as the center of commerce in the Philippines.
  • Be in awe of the massive collection of displays that tells the whole story of Binondo.

Quiapo Muslim Town Tour
Art and culture
0.97 km away

  • Learn about the history of the Islam Faith in the Philippines  
  • Visit the Golden Mosque and learn from their religious leaders about the Islam faith and practices
  • Learn about the history of the Quiapo community
  • Visit the local places to eat. Learn about Halal food
  • Discover  & taste local dishes delicacies such as Palapa and local sweets

Where to stay

Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel
Hotels and homes
0.18 km away

Strategically located in the heart of Chinatown, the Philippine’s oldest business district, Chinatown Lai Lai Hotel provides you with the luxury and amenities of an international standard business hotel that you can afford with easy access to entertainment, shopping havens and tourist spots.The comfort of our rooms and suites combined with excellent and warm service will make you feel at home with a touch of a little more class. A Calesa ride away from the bargain centers of Divisoria to the novelty shops of Quiapo; from Bahay Tsinoy Heritage Museum in Intramuros to the clubs and promenades of the Bay Area.

Hotel Lucky Chinatown
Hotels and homes
0.25 km away

Binondo’s modern contemporary hotel with a unique ‘Chinatown vibe’
Hotel Lucky Chinatown is the perfect place to spend a leisurely time in the comfort of our 93 guest rooms and suites. 
Unwind with spa treatments, jacuzzi, steam baths, and saunas after an all-embracing Chinese experience in the world’s oldest Chinatown in Manila. 

Ramada by Wyndham Manila Central

As the only international hotel in the world’s oldest Chinatown, Ramada Manila brings you a step closer to the gastronomical adventures and cultural wonders that Binondo has to offer. Located only 11-km away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you have an easy access to Manila’s historic spots – Intramuros, the Fort Santiago, and the Rizal Park are all within a 4-km distance. Just next door is one of Manila’s oldest and most beautiful church – Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, or more commonly known as Binondo Church.
For the shopaholic in you, a ten-minute walk from the hotel will bring you to Divisoria, the most popular bargain haven in the city, and a 30-minute complimentary shuttle ride will bring you to SMX Convention Center and SM Mall of Asia.

Getting there and around

Binondo Manila, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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