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University of Santo Tomas

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Address: Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines
Phone Number: (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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Beautiful campus with a quaint and educational museum!

We visited UST for a conference and had the pleasure of having a tour. The campus is beautiful, with multiple historical sites. The highlight is the museum, which has a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Houston, Texas

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited UST for a conference and had the pleasure of having a tour. The campus is beautiful, with multiple historical sites. The highlight is the museum, which has a remarkable and well-displayed array of antiquities. There are religious icons, the chairs of two Popes, and regional works of art. It is a great opportunity to learn about the local... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The University of Santo Tomas is truly one of the better universities in the country. Just recently went for another visit and overtime I do I find so many new and great improvements. What is best is that has very clean and well maintained grounds and facilities.

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Thank VicAlcuaz
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) was founded in 1611. Named in honor of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the original structure was located inside the walled city of Intramuros until it was razed to the ground during World War II. It transferred to its present site in Manila's Sampaloc District. With a spacious campus, the present main building and other structures... More 

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Sepang, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Like the old Spanish influence here from the old buildings and the park. Be prepared to leave your ID if you are visiting as a non-alumni or non-student.

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Thank J Y
Quezon City, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I will always be a proud Dugong Tomasino alumna. I find every place herein a historic and rustic cozy place. Passing by Espanya, I am at awe when I saw the old building located at the center of the oldest university in the universe. 😽

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Cebu City, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I may be biased here because I studied in this university, but if there's one thing that I like about UST, it's that there are a lot of things you can see here. There's a really amazing museum. You can also check out the main library that has really old and rare books. The school has a really vibrant open... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

The university literally lights up once the month of December starts. It is great to just walk around the campus that was well lit by various decorations. Students, alumni, or even the faculty members and doctors working in the hospital sometimes are seen running around the football field. If you're a football fan/player, you can try to ask some small... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

The Royal Catholic & Pontifical University of Santo Tomas is the oldest university in the country. Its nice to walk there late in the afternoon when the sun is not so hot and take pictures of the oldest building - the MAiN building and walk thru the Arch. There is a small museum inside the main building too. Just avoid... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

UST grounds house the different university facilities, a museum, a hospital, a church. This Pontifical Church was visited by 2 popes: Saint John Paul II and Pope Francis. A beautiful and state of the art bell system fronting the church entrance is a must see!

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Quezon City, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Great architectural design of the buildings. Lots of traditions passed on from generation to generation.

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