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University of Santo Tomas

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Address: Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines
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(632)406-1611
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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Takes you back in time

Every time i visit, nostalgia gets over me. The historic main building is an imposing facade to the years before us and its academic reputation as not only old but excellent... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2015
Joel D
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Manila, Philippines

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Pasig, Philippines
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2015

I'm giving it a poor rating because you can't even enter the campus. The security is very tight in the university. It's a gorgeous campus, with beautiful architecture and greenery and so much history, but you can't go in without an ID or a good excuse so I really wouldn't recommend going here... unless you know someone who can get... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2015 via mobile

Why the ranking is so high? Who cares about the academic performance since you can't even enter the campus? This place is NOT open for tourists. You will be stopped by an armed security unless you have the permission. If you want to waste your time for a while, then just go.

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Manila, Philippines
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366 reviews
197 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2015

Every time i visit, nostalgia gets over me. The historic main building is an imposing facade to the years before us and its academic reputation as not only old but excellent education makes you want to enjoy and wonder about the place. The place in itself is large to walk around with the trees that provide shade makes the pondering... More 

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1 Thank Joel D
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2015

Large campus, if you can get in the main buildings you will be amazed at the paintings. MRT station close by and a jeepney stop outside also

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Las Pinas
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1,450 reviews
639 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 687 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2014

One of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Asia - take a stroll around the grounds to appreciate the history and unique buildings that have stood the test of time...

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5 reviews
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Reviewed 27 December 2014 via mobile

UST campus has a big soccer field space which simbang was held every December of 16th-25th. There are a lot of food stalls inside to choose from whenever you want to eat. Also has church and museum inside the campus which is rare.. Very nice place to visit and to go around.

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Manila, Philippines
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46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2014 via mobile

They have maintained the buildings well. The school is clean and security guards are courteous. Very impressive architectural school buildings. A must to visit when in Manila, Philippines

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Thank 01_aaP
Taguig City, Philippines
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5 reviews
Reviewed 4 December 2014

The oldest University in Asia and the Royal Pontifical University of the Philippines. Home of the growling tigers. Visit UST during paskuhan

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 865 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2014

UST is rightfully proud of its long and prestigeous history as one of the oldest universities in Asia. The campus is studded with impressive architecture and sprawling grounds. Worth a short visit if you're in the area of Espana.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,434 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2014

It's official name is The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines. Today, it is popularly known as the U.S.T. Established in 1611 it is one of the oldest universities in the Philippines and the largest in Manila. It is a top university in the Philippines and has one of the highest number of... More 

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