WHERE IN METRO MANILA: Commuting to Manila Chinatown


FAST FACTS: Binondo is the oldest Chinatown in the world, established in 1594.Chinatown is best explored with Calesas or horse driven carriage.

PLACES TO SEE: Binondo Church, Santo Cristo de Longos, Ongpin Street, Kuang Kong Buddhist temple, Seng Guan Temple, Escolta Street, Caravajal Street, Arranque Market

RESTAURANTS AND STORES: Eng Bee Tin, Royal Garden, Wai Ying Fastfood, Crepe De Chine, Dong Bei Dumplings, President's Teahouse, Ying Ying Teahouse

WHERE TO STAY: Binondo Suites, Corporate Inn Hotel, Mabini Mansion Hotel, Manila Pavillion Hotel, Manila Grand Opera Hotel


COMMUTING:

BY TAXI: Taxis are abundant in Manila and constitute the fastest mode of transport of getting to Binondo from other places in the area. 

BY LRT/MRT
Alternative Route 1:
  1. Take the LRT1 to Carriedo station.
  2. Exit the station
  3. Turn left at Rizal Avenue
  4. Turn left at Bustos, and walk about one block until you get to Ongpin St.
Alternative Route 2:


  1. Take the LRT2 to Recto terminal station.
  2. Take the South Exit.
  3. Turn left at Claro M. Recto and get to Rizal Avenue.
  4. Turn left at Rizal Avenue until you get to LRT1-Carriedo station.
  5. Cross Rizal Avenue.
  6. Turn left at Bustos, and walk about one block until you get to Ongpin St.
Alternative Route 3


  1. Take the MRT to Taft terminal station.
  2. Take the LRT1 to Carriedo station.
  3. Exit the station.
  4. Turn left at Rizal Avenue
  5. Turn left at Bustos, and walk about one block until you get to Ongpin St.

BY BUS/JEEP/FX

From Manila
Alternative Route 1: From Taft Avenue, ride a FX/jeep to Divisoria, and get off at Binondo Church.
Alternative Route 2: 
  1. From Taft Avenue, ride a jeep to Sta. Cruz, and get off at Sta. Cruz Church.
  2. Cross Rizal Avenue.
  3. Turn right at Rizal Avenue
  4. Turn left at Bustos, and walk about one block until you get to Ongpin St.
Alternative Route 3:
  1. From Morayta, ride a jeep to Divisoria, and get off at Arranque Market.
  2. Cross Claro M. Recto Avenue.
  3. Walk towards Soler (behind Arranque Market).
  4. Turn left at Soler, and walk until you get to T. Mapua.
  5. Turn right at T. Mapua, and walk about one block until you get to Ongpin St.
From San Juan:
  1. From Aurora Blvd., ride a jeep to Divisoria, and get off at Arranque Market.
  2. Cross Claro M. Recto Avenue.
  3. Walk towards Soler (behind Arranque Market).
  4. Turn left at Soler, and walk until you get to T. Mapua.
  5. Turn right at T. Mapua, and walk about one block until you get to Ongpin St.
From Marikina:
  1. From SSS, ride a jeep to Cubao.
  2. From Cubao, ride a jeep to Divisoria, and get off at Arranque Market.
  3. Cross Claro M. Recto Avenue.
  4. Walk towards Soler (behind Arranque Market).
  5. Turn left at Soler, and walk until you get to T. Mapua.
  6. Turn right at T. Mapua, and walk about one block until you get to Ongpin St.
From Quezon City
Alternative Route 1:
  1. From North Avenue, ride a jeep/bus to Sta. Cruz, and get off at Sta. Cruz Church.
  2. Turn right at Rizal Avenue
  3. Turn left at Bustos, and walk about one block until you get to Ongpin St.
 Alternative Route 2:


  1. From LRT2-Cubao station, ride a jeep to Divisoria, and get off at Arranque Market.
  2. Cross Claro M. Recto Avenue.
  3. Walk towards Soler (behind Arranque Market).
  4. Turn left at Soler, and walk until you get to T. Mapua.
  5. Turn right at T. Mapua, and walk about one block until you get to Ongpin St.
From Muntinlupa
Alternative Route 1:
  1. From Manuela Metropolis Alabang (Metropolis Mall), ride a bus to Lawton, and get off in front of the Philippine Postal Corporation (Post Office).
  2. Ride a jeep to Divisoria, and get off at Binondo Church.
Alternative Route 2:
  1. From Manuela Metropolis Alabang (Metropolis Mall), ride a bus to Lawton, and get off in front of the Philippine Postal Corporation (Post Office).
  2. Ride a jeep to Sta. Cruz, and get off at Sta. Cruz Church.
  3. Cross Rizal Avenue.
  4. Turn right at Rizal Avenue
  5. Turn left at Bustos, and walk about one block until you get to Ongpin St.
From Las Pinas

Alternative Route 1:


  1. From Alabang-Zapote Road, ride an FX to Lawton, and get off in front of the Philippine Postal Corporation (Post Office).
  2. Ride a jeep to Divisoria, and get off at Binondo Church


Alternative Route 2:


  1. From Alabang-Zapote Road, ride an FX to Lawton, and get off in front of the Philippine Postal Corporation (Post Office).
  2. Ride a jeep to Sta. Cruz, and get off at Sta. Cruz Church.
  3. Cross Rizal Avenue.
  4. Turn right at Rizal Avenue
  5. Turn left at Bustos, and walk about one block until you get to Ongpin St.

From Paranaque/Pasay
Alternative Route 1: From Taft Avenue, ride a jeep to Divisoria, and get off at Binondo Church.
Alternative Route 2:
  1. From Taft Avenue, ride a jeep to Sta. Cruz, and get off at Sta. Cruz Church.
  2. Cross Rizal Avenue.
  3. Turn right at Rizal Avenue
  4. Turn left at Bustos, and walk about one block until you get to Ongpin St.
From Makati

Alternative Route 1:


  1. From Guadalupe/Gil Puyat Ave. (Buendia), ride a jeep to Cartimar, and get off at Gil Puyat Ave. (Buendia) corner Taft Ave.
  2. Go to the side across Atrium Suites and EGI Mall.
  3. Ride a jeep to Sta. Cruz, and get off at Sta. Cruz Church.
  4. Cross Rizal Avenue.
  5. Turn right at Rizal Avenue,
  6. Turn left at Bustos, and walk about one block until you get to Ongpin St.


Alternative Route 2:


  1. From Guadalupe/Gil Puyat Ave. (Buendia), ride a jeep to Cartimar, and get off at Gil Puyat Ave. (Buendia) corner Taft Ave.
  2. Go to the side across Atrium Suites and EGI Mall.
  3. Ride an FX/jeep to Divisoria, and get off at Binondo Church.


From Taguig:


  1. From NAMRIA, Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Gate 2, 3rd Avenue, 26th Street, 32nd Street, or 34th Street, ride a jeep to Guadalupe.
  2. From Guadalupe, ride a jeep to Cartimar, and get off at Gil Puyat Ave. (Buendia) corner Taft Ave.
  3. Go to the side across Atrium Suites and EGI Mall.
  4. Ride an FX/jeep to Divisoria, and get off at Binondo Church.


BY WATER BUS: The Pasig River Ferry stops at Escolta station, not far from the Jones Bridge.

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