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Chinatown Museum: A Museum Dedicated to Binondo's History Edit

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Lorrianne Aryenz Valdecantos  • Contributor
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Shopping malls are now more than a place for eating out and scoring sale items, it is now also a door to the past. 

Manila's first museum housed in a mall, the Chinatown Museum opened its doors last June 8.


Binondo: A History of Connections

Binondo: A History of Connections

The museum was constructed as an ode to Binondo, the oldest Chinatown in the world. 

Starting from the pre-Spanish colonization era, the entire history of Binondo was sprawled and divided

into 18 interactive galleries and displays.


Binondo: The First Financial District

It tells the story of the genuine and long-time friendship and bond of the Filipinos and Chinese.

From being merchants from the sea to establishing their own community by the banks of Pasig River, the museum highlights Binondo as the central business district of Manila where most commercial transactions happen.


TThe Tobacco Industry


Peking duck

Some of the highlights of the museum are the Esteros de Binondo gallery that depicts the busy estuary of Binondo way back when it was used as the primary place to transport goods from the ships that dock in the Manila port area and the Panaderia that showcases the well-loved pastry snacks of the Chinese like Hopia and everyone’s favorite steamed buns, Siopao.




Cigar Covers 

Chinatown is an interactive museum that lets people inside mini-Binondo. 

As guests flow through the decades and centuries of this old town, they can experience riding in the famed

Tranvia, what it’s like to be inside an opium den, and learn the secrets of the Chinese herbal medicine through drawer-full of dried medicinal plants.


All-time favorite Chinese Food


The Secret Language of Fans

Relive the history of Binondo, from its humble beginnings to becoming one of the centers of commerce in the country.

Book a ticket to Chinatown Museum here.

Or book Hotel Lucky Chinatown here and avail their exciting deals. 


Chinatown Museum | Book here


A 1-day Binondo Tour Package Tour by HLC | Book here

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