It is Manila’s green lung, and thanks to Rizal Park’s vast space for greenery and recreation (a popular picnic place for locals), and also the fact that it is larger than 44-hectare Vatican City at 58 hectares, it is regarded as one of Asia’s largest urban parks.
This massive park was originally called Luneta Park, however that was changed when the Rizal Monument was erected in 1913, giving it its new name that is the Rizal Park. Up until today its original name is still fondly attached with locals, hence, the park is still called both Luneta or Rizal Park.
Given the park’s historical and cultural significance, a number of national institutions and landmarks are here, including the National Museum of the Philippines’ museum complex (Fine Arts, Natural History, Anthropology, and Planetarium), and other historic spots like the Rizal Monument and Independence Flagpole, and Philippine National Hero José P. Rizal’s 1896 execution site as well as the execution site of the three Catholic Priests (GOMBURZA) in 1872.
|Address|| Roxas Blvd., Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila|
|Nearby Train Station||United Nations Avenue Station |