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DIY Binondo Walk

Interesting places to visit in Binondo


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Binondo, located in Manila, Philippines, is the world’s oldest Chinatown and a popular destination for foodies and culture enthusiasts. A DIY Binondo Walk is a great way to explore the area and experience its rich history and culinary delights. Here are some tips for a successful DIY Binondo Walk.

Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz or the Binondo Church
Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz or the Binondo Church

Start at Binondo Church. Binondo Church is a historic church that has been standing for over 400 years. It is also known as Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, and is a great place to start your walk. From there, you can easily explore the surrounding area.

Walk along Ongpin Street. Ongpin Street is the heart of Chinatown and is lined with traditional Chinese stores, restaurants, and shops. It’s a great place to explore the sights and sounds of Binondo.

Get your luck with Crystals and Feng Shui Fundamentals. Binondo is known for its rich Chinese heritage and culture, and it is home to

Binondo crystals and feng shui shop
Binondo crystals and feng shui shop

many shops and stores that sell crystals and other Feng Shui items. Here are some fundamental tips and practices for using crystals and Feng Shui to attract good luck in Binondo:

  1. Choose the right crystals: Different crystals have different properties and energies, so it’s essential to choose the right ones for your specific needs. In Binondo, there are many stores that sell a wide variety of crystals, including clear quartz, rose quartz, amethyst, citrine, and many others.
  2. Place the crystals in the right locations: In Feng Shui, the placement of crystals is critical to their effectiveness. For example, a clear quartz crystal placed in the southeast corner of your home or office is believed to attract wealth and prosperity.
  3. Use Feng Shui principles to enhance luck: There are several Feng Shui principles that can help attract good luck and positive energy. For example, hanging a wind chime or placing a lucky bamboo plant in the east corner of your home or office is believed to bring good health and vitality.
  4. Cleanse and recharge your crystals: It’s essential to cleanse and recharge your crystals regularly to maintain their energy and effectiveness. In Binondo, you can find many shops that sell crystal-cleansing tools like sage, palo santo, and singing bowls.

By combining the power of crystals with the principles of Feng Shui, you can enhance your luck and attract positive energy into your life in Binondo.

Visit the Lucky Chinatown Mall. The Lucky Chinatown Mall is a modern shopping mall that blends Chinese and Filipino culture. It’s a great place to grab some snacks, take a break, and cool off in the air conditioning.

Ying Ying Tea House
Ying Ying Tea House

Try local delicacies. Binondo is famous for its food, so don’t miss the chance to try some local delicacies. Some must-try dishes include lumpia (Filipino-style spring rolls), siopao (steamed buns filled with meat or vegetables), and hopia (sweet bean-filled pastries).

Yuchengco Street
Yuchengco Street

Explore the streets and alleys. Binondo is a fascinating place to explore, and some of the best experiences can be found off the beaten path. Take some time to wander through the side streets and alleys and see what you discover.

Gold accessories in Binondo. Binondo is a great place to shop for gold accessories in Manila, as it is known for its many jewelry stores and gold shops. Here are some places where you can find gold accessories in Binondo:

  1. Ongpin Street – This is one of the main commercial streets in Binondo, and it is lined with many gold and jewelry shops. You can find a wide variety of gold accessories here, from necklaces and bracelets to earrings and rings.
  2. Wellmanson – Wellmanson is a well-known jewelry store in Binondo that has been around since the 1960s. They offer a wide selection of gold accessories, including custom-made pieces.
  3. Hengdeli Jewelry – Hengdeli Jewelry is a Chinese jewelry store located in Lucky Chinatown Mall in Binondo. They offer a wide selection of gold accessories, from simple designs to more elaborate pieces.
  4. Ongpin Gold Center – The Ongpin Gold Center is a popular destination for gold shopping in Binondo. It is a large commercial complex that houses several jewelry stores, gold shops, and pawnshops.
  5. Ho Chi Minh Gift Shop – This gift shop in Binondo sells a variety of souvenirs and gifts, including gold-plated accessories. They offer affordable prices, making it a great place to find inexpensive gold accessories.

Whether you’re looking for a simple gold necklace or an elaborate set of gold earrings, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in Binondo.

Visit the Chinese cemetery. The Chinese cemetery in Binondo is a unique and fascinating place to visit. It’s a sprawling complex filled with elaborate mausoleums and temples.

Sunville Trading Inc.
Sunville Trading Inc.

Where Efren “Bata” Reyes Started. It was said that Efren “Bata” Reyes, the world-renowned Filipino billiards player, started his career with his first cue stick from Sunville Trading Inc., a supplier of complete range of pool and billiard accessories hall in San Vicente St. in Binondo, Manila. Adjacent to it or just in front of it is the RCM PH Ropa, also a sporting good store catering for billiards.

End at Escolta Street: Escolta Street was once the main commercial hub of Manila, and is home to some beautiful old buildings and

architecture. It’s a great place to end your walk and explore more of Manila’s history.

Also in Escolta, The original Savory Restaurant in Escolta was a famous food establishment that operated from 1950 until the late 1980s. It was located on the ground floor of the Burke Building, a landmark building in Escolta, Manila.

The original Savory Restaurant was known for its delicious chicken, which was cooked to perfection and served with a secret savory sauce. The restaurant was popular among locals and visitors alike, and it was a go-to place for family gatherings and special occasions.

Savory restaurant in Escolta
Savory restaurant in Escolta

Unfortunately, the original Savory Restaurant in Escolta is no longer in operation, but its legacy lives on through the other branches of Savory Restaurant that still exist in the Philippines today. The brand has expanded and now has several branches all over the country, serving its famous chicken and other Filipino dishes to a new generation of diners.

Jones Bridge is a historic bridge that spans the Pasig River in Manila, Philippines. It is named after William Atkinson Jones, a US Congressman who was instrumental in passing the Philippine Autonomy Act in 1916, which granted the Philippines more self-governance under American colonial rule.

The Jones Bridge was built in 1920, and it was considered one of the most impressive bridges in Asia at the time. It was designed by Juan Arellano, a prominent Filipino architect, and was constructed by the American Bridge Company. The bridge has a neoclassical design, with ornate sculptures and decorative elements.

Jones Bridge
Jones Bridge

Over the years, the Jones Bridge has undergone several renovations and restorations to maintain its structural integrity and historical significance. In 2019, the bridge underwent a major rehabilitation project, which included the installation of LED lights and the restoration of the bridge’s original architectural elements.

Today, the Jones Bridge is a popular landmark and tourist attraction in Manila, with many people visiting to take photos and enjoy the views of the Pasig River and the surrounding cityscape.

Overall, a DIY Binondo Walk is a fantastic way to experience the history and culture of Manila’s Chinatown. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes, bring a camera, and be prepared to be dazzled by the sights, sounds, and flavors of Binondo.
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