University of Santo Tomas, Manila

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Tucked inside a lavishly decorated garden and lush trees stands the oldest university in the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, dating all the way back to 1611. Admire the Victorian-style exterior, featuring a shabby stone facade embellished with numerous sculptures on top. Take a walk along the lover’s lane, winding from the picturesque stone archway through the serene garden with fountains, thick treetops, and romantic benches. The museum stretches over two floors; the first features a collection of stuffed animals from all around the world, while on the second you can admire fine ceramics, religious icons, paintings, coins, and medals. Use our Manila trip planning website to visit University of Santo Tomas on your trip to Manila, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This is Asia's oldest University. Founded in 1611, the campus itself with the different historical buildings and open spaces especially fully pedestrian Plaza Mayor gives the visitor a feeling that on...  more »
  • Step back in time and absorb the charisma and ambience of Manila's oldest University. Admire the architecture but meet the people. Amazing history and beautiful talented and passionate staff and stude...  more »
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  • Greatest and most Historic university 🎓 in Philippines 🇵🇭. If you visit it once then it will be hardest place to leave.
  • well i studied there, most instructors doesnt teach just let you read your manuals at home and exhaust you with recorded test. some instructors doesnt appear for weeks like who i had for biochem and yet has the nerve to fail students. instructors of minor subjects puts big burden for their value. everything is about money. some of them just want to get extra payments to pass you. if you have no power, this place is not for you. for this school are only for those capable to pay their way through. field trips are forced to generate money, one of those i almost drown and the instructors are just looking. AFTER GRADUATING youll end up jobless and want to study more on hopefully far better than UST. Also there is a witchcraft ritual star inside the church, which makes it a hypocrite and demonic landmark.
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