Manila’s Rizal Park: One of Asia’s Best, Survey Says
Choose Philippines | May 28, 2014
The Philippines’ most famous and historic park belongs to the competitive regional list of eight most rated parks in Asia, according to Agoda.com, one of Asia’s leading hotel booking sites.
The output was based on customer feedback and analyzed booking information to present Asia’s highest rated parks and green spaces as selected by Agoda.com customers.
The surveyed travelers loved a wide range of green space options, from lush expanses of jungle to manicured parklands. The list includes huge national parks perfect for hiking or outdoor activities, marine parks for diving or kayaking, and green areas in the middle of a city that offer important historical contexts.
In the middle of the sprawling Philippine capital, Rizal Park is both a beautiful escape from the traffic and noise, and a potent symbol of the country’s tumultuous history. It takes its name from national hero Jose Rizal, author and Filipino nationalist who was executed in 1896 for promoting sweeping social reforms during the Spanish colonial era.
The 140-acre park is located next to the famous walled city of Intramuros. It is one of the most popular spots in Manila for locals to picnic, exercise, and relax among gardens and greenery.
Adjacent to the park are the Museum of the Filipino People, Department of Tourism, and the National Library. An impressive monument to Rizal stands on the western end.
Trivia note – all road distances in the Philippines are measured from Kilometer Zero, just across the street from the Rizal Monument.
The other 7 national parks in Asia that made it to the list are as follows:
- Hallasan National Park, Jeju-do, South Korea
- Taroko National Park, Taiwan
- Osaka Castle Park, Osaka, Japan
- Halong Bay, Vietnam
- Ang Thong National Marine Park, Ko Samui
- Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
- Penang National Park, Malaysia
In addition, Agoda.com has provided some great hotel recommendations to round out a perfect trip to visit Rizal Park:
1) Manila Hotel (5 stars)
Customers say: “When in Manila this is a must stay - the hotel is classically elegant with modern additions. We loved it here.” – Claire, UK
2) Hotel H2O (4 stars)
Customers say: “We had an absolutely marvelous stay in this unique hotel…the complimentary room designs, colors and furnishings provide a pleasant atmosphere to enjoy the experience.” – Mark, USA
3) Bayleaf Intramuros Hotel (4 stars)
Customers say: “I enjoyed my stay there and the service is superb. If you want to check out the old heritage area, this is the hotel for you. You can check out the sites of Intramuros by just walking around or hire a tricycle to take you around. I would definitely stay at this hotel again if I'm in that area.” – Valeria, Portugal