Chinese Cemetery
Chinese Cemetery
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mingfatsai
Grand Island, NE4,390 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This place is worth a visit for its uniqueness. Many wealthy and perhaps not so wealthy Chinese did not have a place to bury their beloved as they did not belong to the Catholic Church. So they created their own cemetery in a very Chinese sort of way, and soon it became a matter of outdoing your friends in terms of building a more elaborate monument to honor your no--longer-living ancestors. You could call this a form of ancestor worship, but it’s likely just as much about making a statement. Many of the monuments are actually more like homes and have toilets, sinks and places where you can rest. You can’t enter these buildings but with permission, you can drive around and see a cemetery that may not exist anywhere else on this planet. How’s that for unique?
Written 9 July 2023
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NinoLeeZhongPing
Makati, Philippines407 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Usually filled up during All Souls Day. Visited recently and it was all peaceful and quiet, the only people were the guards at the gate and caretakers. It was so peaceful. Visited the newly refurbished temple at its original site. Crisscrossed to find the tomb of Mr. Ma Mon Luk. Better time to visit as there are few people about.
Written 20 December 2021
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ms57-ny
New York City, NY263 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It's like your visiting a city, the tombs have photos, incense, flowers. It's somber, but very moving. Out of the way, but worth the trip.
Written 6 March 2020
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katess
95 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
Interesting concept but in my opinion nothing special. The neighborhood (from south gate) is pretty rough and creepy. My visit was very quick.
Written 14 November 2019
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EndlessTravels
Greater Melbourne, Australia38,277 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Chinese cemeteries are always an interesting place to visit and this one is no exception to the rule.
Written 5 April 2019
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Patrick R
Manila, Philippines53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
This cemetery is like no other I have visited. It is like a neighborhood with rows of houses. The history of this cemetery is also quite fascinating. People actually live here,they are caretakers for the different homes. Best time to come is All Souls’ Day this cemetery comes alive with food carts ,the streets are filled with people who come from all over to visit their dead.
Written 19 March 2019
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TravelingCat22
Tucson, AZ2,371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
Manila is very congested and often overlooked by travelers. My top choices to appreciate this city are: Ayala, Intramuros, and the Chinese cemetery. They convey what is really unique about Manila. The American cemetery is nice and moving but somehow similar to Arlington, while this cemetery is really incredible. All kinds of architecture (classical Chinese a minority) to build mausoleums that look like real houses with dining room, bathroom, etc. so that the family can gather more easily around the ancestors. One had visits often enough that a dog was guarding it!
Written 16 February 2019
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Russell E
Honolulu, HI36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
Read about the Chinese Cemetery in Manila on Lonely Planet and was intrigued. Had our driver stop by to check it out. Got to say I was impressed. Many of these marble Mausoleums were bigger than the average Filipino house. Most had kitchens and bathrooms, but some were also air conditioned. There were also caretakers for several of them.

While the majority of them had a crypt for the husband and the wife a few had a third crypt for the husband's mistress. If there was a crypt, but the person was still alive it was marked with a red flag. There was one mausoleum that had the husband in it and a red flag on the wife and mistress's crypt. I guess the joke is on him.

Our tour guide told us that the property the mausoleum is on was bought on a 25-year lease and it was up to the family to renew it. If the family didn't renew it, the bones were removed from the crypts and buried in the field across the street. Unfortunately there were more than a few broken crypts.

I don't know if you would call this a must see while in Manila, but I thought it was pretty interesting and worthwhile to see.
Written 29 December 2018
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WonderingTroubadour
Australian Capital Territory, Australia407 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
Located a short walk away from the Abad Santos LRT station, the Chinese Cemetery is a great way to spend 3 hours looking at amazing architecture. Wondering through the Chinese Cemetery takes you on a journey through the immigration of Chinese citizens living in Manila. There are tour guides, but a simple stroll through the cemetery will educate anyone about this burial ground.
Written 16 November 2018
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U5860CPgeorgeh
Victoria, Canada72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
Wow! The rich and famous built this functional home for the surviving relatives. It has modern day kitchen & bathroom for the people who pay their respect to their ancestors on a regular basis.
Written 10 November 2018
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