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Rizal Park: A Major Philippine Tourist Landmark

Originally called Bagumbayan during the Spanish period, Rizal Park, or colloquially Luneta because of its half-moon shape, is a historical urban park in the heart of Manila City in the Philippines.  It is adjacent to another historical attraction, the walled city of Intramuros. Since the Spanish Colonial Era until today, the park has remained a favorite venue for unwinding, socializing, and spending time with the family especially during weekends and holidays. It is one of the major tourist attractions in Manila.

The park is home to several structures and sculptures including the Rizal Monument, a massive sculpture honoring the Philippines' national hero, Dr. Jose, Rizal. The monument was designed by Swiss sculptor Richard Kissling and remodeled by national artist Juan Nakpil. Below the monument is a mausoleum where the remains of Rizal are laid to rest. It is guarded round-the-clock by a pair of Kabalyeros de Rizal (Knights of Rizal). The monument is one of the most recognized landmarks in the country.

The park features sprawling grassy lawns, man-made lagoons, dancing fountains, a Japanese Garden, a Chinese Garden, a chess plaza, skating rink, children's playground and an open-air auditorium.  Another attraction is the giant relief map of the Philippines showing the archipelago’s 7,107 islands. Park visitors can hire horse-drawn carriages or calesas for more exciting sight-seeing.

Other nearby attractions are Manila Bay (known for its magnificent sunsets), Intramuros, the new Planetarium, Rizal Park Library, National Museum, Manila Ocean Park, Museong Pambata and Quirino Grandstand.

Entrance to the park is free of charge. There are numerous small cafes and food stalls selling inexpensive snacks within the park. Fast food chains and restaurants abound in nearby streets encircling the park.

Rizal Park Photo Gallery

 

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