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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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Historical University !

Walking through its old portal, one feels its vintageness. Pleasant admiration as one of the oldest academic establishment. The other building to the right side upon entering is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walking through its old portal, one feels its vintageness. Pleasant admiration as one of the oldest academic establishment. The other building to the right side upon entering is now a modern one.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was disappointed that tourists can't visit the university, even if they show ID. I wanted to go but the guard said it wasn't allowed. I understand it is good for the students though, it keeps the place safer and less crowded. Viewing through the gate I could see the buildings are boring and not attractive but the grounds look... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Come to think of it, who would have thought that a very old architecture can still be on the go today. A mixture of old and modern scenery of a school.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

University of Santo Tomas is a powerful institution located right at the middle of Manila. It offers a world class educational curriculum that attracts even foreigners.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

This is combination of old and touch of modern university and schools because theres a elementary and higher school in the compound. Accessible to all ages there is a hospital and food court and a little park to stay with and a church inside the compound. Parking is not a problem they have a lot. It's great to go around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

While waiting for my night bus to Northern Luzon I found this lovely area with a nice park where I relaxed and read for some hours. People are just strolling and jogging in the park, the atmosphere is nice and best of all, the air is clean compare to the busy streets surrounding the compound.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Awesome place to see and learn about history. Knowing its the oldest and biggest catholic university in asia. It truly amazed me and brings the christmas spirit to the community. The paskuhan event was awesome too.

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Thank Dprudenc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Anyone who visits the University of Santo Tomas, better known to many students as UST, will be amazed by its facade. Somehow you will have this feeling that you have travelled backwards via a time machine. The place is great to stare at. it has a big ground where you can sit with your friends and breathe a bit of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Visit the University of Santo Tomas if you want to learn about the history of the Philippines in a different way. It houses a museum but doing a walk tour around the campus and seeing the vibrant academic environment is an alternative way to go. Must visit sites: 4 landmarks of UST. Best time to visit: Christmas Season

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

A history that is fully alive! As you walk in the campus, it reminds you of the past and how its heritage were preserved.

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