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Baguio Tourist Attractions

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Baguio City probably has the largest number of visitor attractions clustered in a relatively small area compared to other tourist destinations in the Philippines. The most popular tourist attractions are located near each other, on the East and South sides, although there are a few near the residential areas. Just 8.2 km from east to west and 7.2 km from north to south and with inexpensive public transportation available, it is one of the easiest places to explore.

Burnham Park - It is located at the most valuable piece of Baguio real estate and is free for the enjoyment of visitors and residents alike. Burnham Park remains, to this day, one of the Philippines' most well known and best-loved parks. Burnham Park has 12 cluster areas: the man-made lake with rowboats for hire, a childrens playground, the skating rink, the Rose Garden, the Orchidarium, Igorot Garden, Melvin Jones Grandstand, the Athletic Bowl, a Picnic Grove, the Japanese Peace Tower, Pine Trees of the World and Sunshine Park.

Baguio Cathedral - Baguio Cathedral is actually named the Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral. A majestic church located on top of a hill in the heart of the city, it is one of the more familiar icons and most visited landmarks of the city. This beautiful rose-colored structure is distinguished from other churches in the Philippines by its twin spires.

Session Road - The main avenue of Baguio City and its commercial center, with quaint shops lining each side, Session Road is so named because it was the site of the Second Philippine Commission.

Camp John Hay - Camp John Hay (CJH) is Baguio's most popular destination. A beautiful resort in the mountains it features a golf course, hotels, shopping & a convention center, among other attractions. This former rest and recreation facility of the U.S. Armed Forces is older than the city itself. For almost the whole of the 20th century it is what made Baguio City in the Philippines "Little America."

Since 1997 it has been in the hands of a private developer on a long term lease. It boasts of private vacation houses, hotels and lodging facilities, including the most popular Baguio hotel, Camp John Hay Manor, a shopping center called Mile-Hi Center with numerous restaurants and stores, and a newly-built convention center. Jack Niclaus redesigned what is literally the coolest golf course in the Philippines into a competition golf course that continues to host the annual Fil-Am Golf Tournament.

The Mansion - The Mansion, which used to be called Mansion House, served as the seat of the Second Session of Economic Commission of Asia and the Far East in 1947. It has also been the site of first meeting of the South East Asia Union which was popularly known as the Baguio Conference of 1950 which was conceived and convened by Philippine President Elpidio Quirino.

Wright Park - Directly across The Mansion is Wright Park that features the much photographed Baguio landmark, the "Pool of Pines". One will see a gazebo and a long flight of stairs down the hill leading to the Riding Circle, where hundreds of ponies are for hire.

Mines View Park - The main attractions in Mines View nowadays would be the commercial activities such as the souvenir and silverworks stores by the park. The one especially worth visiting is Rimando's, on the Gibraltar side.

Baguio Botanical Garden - Also known as the Igorot Village, it showcases the native houses of the different Cordillera tribes. Tourists can usually take pictures with the Igorot tribesmen dressed in their traditional costume. It is also the home of the Baguio Arts Guild. Botanical Garden is named such because it is tasked with growing pine seedlings and other flora and fauna for the constant "greening" of Baguio.

Philippine Military Army - Its pre-war technically-oriented curriculum, patterned after that of the US Military Academy at West Point, was restored. Socio humanistic courses were added In the 1960s, as the curriculum underwent major changes, and strengthened to balance the techno-scientific disciplines, with a view towards providing a well-rounded education relevant to the needs of a growing Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Kennon Road - Kennon Road was for a whole century, the most popular access to Baguio City, Philippines. There has been no other road that has meant so much happiness for many travelers, who know that cool, cool weather lies just about 45 minutes away. The road is about 30 kilometers in length and is divided into 'Camps,' signifying the establishment of mining camps by the Americans along the way up to Baguio City, which was originally both a mining town and a recreational facility.

Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary - Take an eco-tour that refreshes the eyes with nature's feast of flowers. There is also a gallery where exhibits are held regularly.

Mount Santo Tomas - This is Baguio's highest peak, the one that offers a 360° degree view of Baguio City, La Union Province below and the South China Sea on the horizon. Apart from that, there's not much development on top but it is a nice place to go to. Bring a picnic basket and relax. On top of the mountain are giant twin radars that last saw use decades ago, earning Mount Santo Tomas the nickname "Ra-dar."

Lourdes Grotto - The Lourdes Grotto is another Catholic shrine and place of meditation in Baguio. It is located on a high hill in the western part of Baguio City where you will find the image of the Lady of Lourdes. It is a favorite pilgrimage site during Holy Week most especially during Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Access to the top of the grotto could be made by climbing the long steps or by driving up a winding road.

Bell Church - The Bell Church is located north of Baguio along the road leading to the capital town of La Trinidad, Benguet. Within its compound are intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. It has a pagoda, and landscaped gardens. There are some Buddhism artifacts to be found there, as well as some literature about the history of China.

Tam-awan Village - A reconstructed native village which also has an art gallery and attracts many indigenous artists, most noteworthy of whom is BenCab. Directly across Tam-awan Village is sculptor Ben Hur Villanueva's gallery that is also worth a look.

Easter Weaving Room - This is place to visit for native fabrics and other handicrafts. Here one can witness the actual process of cloth weaving as practiced by the natives of the Cordillera provinces for ages. The basic material for woven products can be bought in an adjunct of the Easter School established in 1908 by the Philippine Episcopalian Church.

Asin Hot Springs - Actually outside city limits, but considered a Baguio resource, it contains natural hot springs. Some resorts have sprung up in recent years and the area is pretty much underdeveloped but is still a place that tourists should visit.

Wood Carver's Village - Three kilometers of independent indigenous wood carvers. The works of these carvers range from very small figurines to huge statues. It is located on Asin Road on the way to the Asin Hot Springs.

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