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University of Santo Tomas

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Address: Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This is the oldest university in Asia, founded in 1611, and is one of the...

This is the oldest university in Asia, founded in 1611, and is one of the world’s largest Roman Catholic universities based on enrollment.

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Older than Harvard

This is a very old Catholic University. It's main hall was used by the Japanese to house American and Filipino prisoners. It is interesting to see the students and see a different... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Houston, Texas

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Houston, Texas
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83 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a very old Catholic University. It's main hall was used by the Japanese to house American and Filipino prisoners. It is interesting to see the students and see a different university experience

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I always take the time to visit whenever I am in Manila. So many wonderful memories of my younger years.

Thank Erasmo B
Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went with the desire to see the Filipino students and not only who teach in this oldest university center in Asia. I talked with a group of students who impressed me with their desire to know how much more. And, apart from learning, are interested in representing the university in sport

Thank Anca-Rodica T
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 28 March 2017

We were astonished by the great structure of the old main building. It was built 400 years ago, yet still functioning until today. The surrounding areas are so peaceful and we spent one whole morning to stroll around the university. There is a small cafe at one corner of the university, serving cheap and tasty food. Outsiders need to get... More 

Thank siawyun316
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Walking through its old portal, one feels its vintageness. Pleasant admiration as one of the oldest academic establishment. The other building to the right side upon entering is now a modern one.

Thank Rainbowtravelgirl
Manchester, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

I was disappointed that tourists can't visit the university, even if they show ID. I wanted to go but the guard said it wasn't allowed. I understand it is good for the students though, it keeps the place safer and less crowded. Viewing through the gate I could see the buildings are boring and not attractive but the grounds look... More 

Thank Calvin C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Come to think of it, who would have thought that a very old architecture can still be on the go today. A mixture of old and modern scenery of a school.

Thank JRhecel
Manila, Philippines
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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

University of Santo Tomas is a powerful institution located right at the middle of Manila. It offers a world class educational curriculum that attracts even foreigners.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

This is combination of old and touch of modern university and schools because theres a elementary and higher school in the compound. Accessible to all ages there is a hospital and food court and a little park to stay with and a church inside the compound. Parking is not a problem they have a lot. It's great to go around.

Thank Marilyn C
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

While waiting for my night bus to Northern Luzon I found this lovely area with a nice park where I relaxed and read for some hours. People are just strolling and jogging in the park, the atmosphere is nice and best of all, the air is clean compare to the busy streets surrounding the compound.

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