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Vigan in Ilocos Sur, North Luzon is a city of cobblestones and kalesa. It is the capital of Ilocos Sur . It is about 318km from the Angeles City. The journey by bus will take about 7hours.
Vigan - the heritage city is founded in 1572 by Juan de Salcedo. It was converted into a city on Jan. 22, 2001 by King Fernando of Spain. Vigan City was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage because of its unparalleled culture and architectural treasures. It is full of history, the traces of it which the city faithfully maintains and preserves. It is the best preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. The architecture represent the combination of the influences of Spain, China and Europe - making Vigan a unique place of interest.
Hearing the click-clad, click-clad sound of the kalesa on the cobblestones in the early morning is a freshing sound to wake up to compared to your alarm clock. Enjoy the laid back surroundings of Vigan, the many historical buidings and the slow swaying ride on the kalesa ... you will love Vigan!
Must DOs in Vigan
1) Calle Crisologo Street - cobblestone street with quaint little shops
2) Ride a Kalesa around the town of Vigan
3) Plaza Burgos - the most "hang-out" place
4) Plaza Salcedo - nice fountain and "cart-wheel" swings
5) St Paul's Cathedral & Belfry
6) Burgos Museum
7) City Hall/Municipal Hall - the unique structures
8) Leona Florentina statue
9) UNESCO marker
10) Syquia Mansion
11)Simbaan a Bassit
12) Public Market
13) Bell Tower
14) St. Augustine Parish Church of Bantay
15) Pottery Factory/Weaving Centre
1) Empanadas - a local pancake
2) Have dinner at one of cafes on the cobblestones.
Also termed as Calle Crisologo. Situated in the heart of the Mestizo District (a.k.a. "Kasanglayan" - where the Chinese live) . During the day, little shops lined the street, selling many local art and crafts, hand woven table runners, mats, bags and furnishings. At night, the street is dimly lit and quiet except for the sound of children playing on the street with occasional click-clad sound of the kalesa.
Kalesa or Calesa - horse-drawn carriages is a convenient and cheap way of moving around the city of Vigan. It's fun and musical : click- clad, click- clad, that's how it sounded. For short ride it's 7.5pesos (same as the price of the tricycle ride). The Municipal has approved kalesa driver to charge a fee of 150 pesos per hour.
- Pros:Easy, Laid back - good place to relax
- Cons:shops are closed too early
- In a nutshell:a taste of Spain ...
You can obtain a very informative map (free) from the Vigan Heritage Village Center located along the Crisologo Street.... more travel advice
From Vigan, you can board the Partas bus at the Partas Bus station which is near to the Lyric cinema and the Public... more travel advice
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