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University of Santo Tomas

Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines
(632)406-1611
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Oldest university & museum in the Philippines

Founded in 1611 in Intramuros (but transferred to its actual location in Sampaloc after WWII), the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
CzarEmmanuel
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Manila, Philippines
via mobile
Nice Plaza / Open Space with lots of benches

The plaza in front of the main building is spacious and has been freed of crossing traffic... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
smartsmartin
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Manila, Philippines
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This is the oldest university in Asia, founded in 1611, and is one of the world’s largest Roman Catholic universities based on enrollment.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“main building” (43 reviews)
“alma mater” (18 reviews)
“oldest museum” (5 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines
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(632)406-1611

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Founded in 1611 in Intramuros (but transferred to its actual location in Sampaloc after WWII), the University of Santo Tomas (UST) continues to offer quality education and produce excellent graduates that make a name for themselves both in the local and the international scenes. One...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The plaza in front of the main building is spacious and has been freed of crossing traffic (pedestrianized) which gives you an unimpeded view. If you don’t have much time and you are not an alumnus, you can just get a mandatory picture with the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

pretty historic area. we were passing by when we saw the arch and decided to stop and have a look at whole university. well worth visit if in area

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One of the oldest universities in the Philippines and probably in Asia and in the world.Always comes back here from time to time :)

Thank Cynthia L
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

The first time I went here I really fell in love. Now that I'm a student here the beauty of the Oldest University in Asia never gets old especially during Paskuhan.

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

I believe its the oldest university in Asia. You can go in as a visitor and walk around their little museum area which is quite cute. the university itself is beautiful. If you go during classes you will see students from different faculties wear different...More

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

Of course most universities in the Philippines look and feel impoverished and rundown looking, but UST is one of the better universities in the country, although behind the likes of Atenao, UP and La Salle. But it is one spot to come to get out...More

Thank danerobb
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

A Pontifical University known for College of Arts, Medicine, Architecture and Fine Arts. In the same compound is a Private Hospital, a Church and a Historic Main Buiding.

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Reviewed 14 December 2017

The Catholic university has a number of UNESCO heritage sites, and a wonderful museum filled with memorabilia and paintings. The main building is well wirth a visit for the murals and the main staircase - examples of Spanish architecture.

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Reviewed 12 December 2017

Our guide wanted us to see the oldest existing university in Asia and the the largest Catholic university in the world situated on a single campus. Interestingly, during World War II, the university was turned into an internment camp by the Japanese. While we did...More

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Ralph V
11 November 2016|
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Response from Wobeenskeedoo | Reviewed this property |
i dont think they are open but you can enter but need to secure a permit from the Office of Public Relations, so best if you go during class days.
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J Y
24 September 2016|
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Response from Joni C | Reviewed this property |
for a regular taxi that normally drop off passenger to the airport terminal is P250 for a yellow taxi that cue the line in the arrival area is P500
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George E
7 June 2016|
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Response from Joni C | Reviewed this property |
yes you can just walk in in the ground area during school hours 6- am to 9 pm. but in the case of entering any building, you will be greeted by the guards and they will ask for your identification and purpose.
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