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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  • Founded in 1611 in Intramuros (but transferred to its actual location in Sampaloc after WWII), the University of Santo Tomas (UST) continues to offer quality education and produce excellent graduates ...  more »
  • The plaza in front of the main building is spacious and has been freed of crossing traffic (pedestrianized) which gives you an unimpeded view. If you don’t have much time and you are not an alumnus, y...  more »
  • pretty historic area. we were passing by when we saw the arch and decided to stop and have a look at whole university. well worth visit if in area  more »
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  • This university can offer you the best of student experiences. Starting from the entry through the Arch of the Centuries till the time you finally graduate. The traditions are just so awesome. 👌🏼
  • If you want to find world class education among the Asian countries then try UST, It has many restaurants inside and outside of campus, students are friendly to visitors, It has an outstanding history, and it is the oldest university in Asia.
  • you can really feel the christmas spirit here, very festive
  • It was an honor for being an one semester exchange student at UST. I was so happy because I got great block mates and best friends there. I gained lots of experiences and adventures when in the Philippines. I love the local people, language and food. I will definitely go back someday. I love UST. I love Philippines.💜 Maraming salamat po! Lots of love from Cambodia.🇰🇭🇵🇭
  • The only university where you can find bountiful food places around it.
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