5 Top Sights in Manila

5 Top Sights in Manila, shutterstock:Tappasan PhurisamritManila – it's one of the world's biggest cities and one of its most exciting and diverse. Steeped in history but with a vibrant 21st century edge, Manila offers a tantalizing variety of delights for all travelers. Here's a list of five top attractions spanning six centuries – from colonial walls to giant oceanariums and luxury shopping destinations.

Binondo
Established in 1594, Binondo is the world's oldest Chinatown. Here the cosmopolitan and historic makeup of this huge city are evocatively revealed with its centuries old Spanish cathedrals, ancient pagodas, exotic apothecaries and excellent Philipino and Chinese restaurants.

Greenbelt Mall
Greenbelt is a shopping mall located at Ayala Center in Makati City. Just over 20 years old but still growing, the mall has five sections, two are indoor buildings and the other two buildings feature open-air shopping. The most recent addition is Greenbelt 5 which opened in 2007. From Ace Hardware to Jimmy Choo, the range of shops and sheer scale of Greenbelt can boggle the mind. Beyond the retail, there are scores of restaurants for all tastes and budgets, hotels and full time residences, entertainment and nightlife venues – even a chapel. Visit here for more details.

Intramuros
Manila's historic walled city takes visitors back to the late 16th century, when the Philippine Islands first came under Spanish rule.

Manila Ocean Park
Manila Ocean Park is a waterfront oceanarium. Located behind Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park, the 86,000 square foot attraction opened in 2008 and is the first marine-themed park in the Philippines. Manila Ocean Park is features an array of “fascinating marine life exhibits, entertaining dining and lifestyle hotspots, unique venues for conventions and events, and mind-blowing multi-sensory marvels” and more. Be sure to plan your visit so it coincides with a picturesque sunset over scenic Manila Bay. Learn more about the park here.

Marikina Shoe Museum
Remember the Philippines former first lady, Imelda Marcos, and her infamous shoes? Here you can view 749 pairs from her Guinness Record holding collection of 1000 plus pairs of haute couture footwear. WTF? Indeed. Gawk a little longer at their website

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