By Gabriela Baron
Binondo is the cradle of the world’s oldest Chinatown. To have a museum nestled in the middle of the town serves as the perfect tribute to its rich cultural heritage and colorful history.
“Binondo has actually been our gateway to the world,” Dr. Fernando Zialcita, anthropology professor at Ateneo de Manila University said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
He added that it is where Filipinos used to transact business with Chinese, Indian, and European traders.
The history of Bindondo is now curated and displayed at the Chinatown Museum. Visitors can wander though interactive exhibits and “instagrammable” galleries.
The museum features 18 galleries focusing on various influences and historical events that have shaped the cultural, social, economic, political, and religious landscape of Binondo in the past 400 years.
The museum also houses a tranvia, makeshift traditional shophouses, opium den, panaderia, and botica (pharmacy).
To guide the visitors, the museum has its own mobile app downloadable through Google Play or App Store.
The Chinatown Museum is located at the 4th floor of Building A of the Lucky Chinatown Mall. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission fee is P150 for regular visitors, P120 for senior citizens, and P100 for students. Admission is free for children under four feet tall.