Vigan Heritage Village It is a World Heritage Site in that it is one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines where its structures remained intact, and is well known for its cobblestone streets, and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European architecture.
Located in the City of Vigan is a fourth class city in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. It is the capital of the Province of Ilocos Sur. The city is located on the western coast of the large island of Luzon, facing the South China Sea. According to the 2010 Philippines census, it has a population of 49,747 people.
Due to silting of the Mestizo River, Vigan City is no longer an island and no longer separated from the mainland. The city is unique in the Philippines because it is one of many extensive surviving Philippine historic cities, dating back to the 16th century.
Vigan was a coastal trading post long before the Spaniards arrived; Chinese traders sailing from the South China Sea came to Isla de Vigan (Island of Vigan) via the Mestizo River that surrounded it. On board their ships were seafaring merchants who came to trade goods from other Asian kingdoms in exchange for gold, beeswax, and other mountain products brought by the indigenous peoples from the Cordilleras region.
The Vigan Heritage Village also has some modern additional buildings. But despite the modernization of these establishments, their architecture is still correlated to how the Spanish constructed the houses centuries ago. Fastfood restaurants such as McDonald’s can be seen in this place and you’ll be amazed that they are constructed just like the Spanish houses.
There are a lot of things you can do in the Vigan Heritage Village which are truly enjoyable. You have two methods to choose from in exploring the place. You can either go to the area near the Vigan Church to ride the kalesa; or you can burn some calories by walking through the entire village and witness the different houses built by the Spanish during their colonization. If you prefer the latter, you get the opportunity to delve more on the old cultural ways of the Ilocos residents and this is more on farming.
The place is also suitable to walk around, that is why some people prefer walking through the village than riding the kalesa. Strolling around the village can reveal a lot about the old Ilocos culture. The famous CalleCrisologo, which is one of the most photographed places in the Philippines, is most beautiful during night time. There are a lot of shops in the area to buy souvenirs. To reach the Vigan Heritage Village, there is a domestic flight from Metro Manila to Laoag City in Ilocos Norte. Tourists can then take a one and a half hour bus ride from Laoag City to Vigan City.