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University of Santo Tomas

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Address: Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This is the oldest university in Asia, founded in 1611, and is one of the...

This is the oldest university in Asia, founded in 1611, and is one of the world’s largest Roman Catholic universities based on enrollment.

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Takes you back in time

Every time i visit, nostalgia gets over me. The historic main building is an imposing facade to the years before us and its academic reputation as not only old but excellent... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 February 2015
Joel D
Manila, Philippines

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2015

Every time i visit, nostalgia gets over me. The historic main building is an imposing facade to the years before us and its academic reputation as not only old but excellent education makes you want to enjoy and wonder about the place. The place in itself is large to walk around with the trees that provide shade makes the pondering... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2015

Large campus, if you can get in the main buildings you will be amazed at the paintings. MRT station close by and a jeepney stop outside also

1 Thank Kev G
Las Pinas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2014

One of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Asia - take a stroll around the grounds to appreciate the history and unique buildings that have stood the test of time...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2014 via mobile

UST campus has a big soccer field space which simbang was held every December of 16th-25th. There are a lot of food stalls inside to choose from whenever you want to eat. Also has church and museum inside the campus which is rare.. Very nice place to visit and to go around.

Thank Alvin F
Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2014 via mobile

They have maintained the buildings well. The school is clean and security guards are courteous. Very impressive architectural school buildings. A must to visit when in Manila, Philippines

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Taguig City, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2014

The oldest University in Asia and the Royal Pontifical University of the Philippines. Home of the growling tigers. Visit UST during paskuhan

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2014

UST is rightfully proud of its long and prestigeous history as one of the oldest universities in Asia. The campus is studded with impressive architecture and sprawling grounds. Worth a short visit if you're in the area of Espana.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2014

It's official name is The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines. Today, it is popularly known as the U.S.T. Established in 1611 it is one of the oldest universities in the Philippines and the largest in Manila. It is a top university in the Philippines and has one of the highest number of... More 

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Mandaluyong, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2014

Most of my children studied here and my eldest even worked at university hospital before she went abroad. This school is the oldest university in the country. The buildings are composed of the old and the new structures.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2014

With the museum closed for renovations, there really wasn't much to see. A couple of nice outside views, but that's about it. Should've checked on-line before I went. Not worth the taxi fare or time otherwise. With the museum not open, I had to go through their public affairs office just to get a pass to walk around the campus.... More 

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