Burnham Park: Guide to Exploring One of Baguio’s Most Welcoming Attractions

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Mention the best summer destinations in the Philippines and Baguio, without a doubt, will be in the list. Aside from having cool weather year-round, what draws tourists to the Summer Capital of the Philippines are the beautiful and welcoming tourist attractions like Burnham Park.

This century-old park is famous for the Burnham Park lake that is man-made and the swan boats that people of all ages can enjoy. It also overlooks the tallest mountain in the region, Mount Kabuyao, so your trip here will surely be worth it.

About Burnham Park

Burnham Park features a man-made lake known as Burnham Lagoon, wooded areas, and numerous flower beds. Roses, marigolds, daisies and hollyhocks are abundant in the area but an unusual sight in most parts of the country. The park also has a rose garden, a picnic grove, veterans’ park, a section called “Pine Trees of the World” and a Japanese Peace Tower. Of course, what makes it a hit to travelers are the swan boats that you can ride. Aside from boating, you can also jog and bike here. 

What’s inside this blog?

If you’re wondering about Burnham Park description and other important information, make sure to read the full article to guide you through.

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Burnham Park History

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The 32.84-heactare park is named after an American architect and urban planner Daniel Hudson Burnham. He was not just any architect as he did significant projects in America. In the Philippines, Burnham’s plan for Manila never materialized due to the outbreak of World War II but some components of the plan shaped up including the shore road which became Dewey Boulevard, now known as Roxas Boulevard. He also did some various neoclassical government buildings around Luneta Park that resemble a miniature version of Washington, D.C. As for Baguio, he designed the park and the original plans for the city, and construction began around 1904. This is where the Burnham Park description was obtained.

The park that we see now is smaller than the original park due to urban development, but it retains much of its original design and layout. 

Another important thing we must note about Burnham Park history tagalog is that the park played an important role in 1990 when it served as a place of refuge for the people of Baguio following a devastating earthquake.

Burnham Park Location

Burnham Park is located at Jose Abad Santos Dr., Baguio. Check out this map to be guided.

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How to Get There

From Manila or Cubao, there are many buses going to Baguio directly. Upon arrival at the bus terminal in Baguio, you can hail a cab to take you hassle-free to Burnham Park or take a jeep going to Scout Barrio or Loakan or Kias-PMA with all three routes having their terminal at the east side of Burnham Park.

Rates and Other Information in Visiting

Burnham Park entrance fee: Free

Swan boat: PHP 60/hour

With a rower: Additional PHP 25

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Boat for groups: PHP 100/hour with an additional PHP25 if you want a rower.

Burnham Park opening hours: 9am to 7pm

Tourist Spots Near Burnham Park

Aside from the Melvin Jones Grandstand, you can also visit these tourist spots in Baguio near Burnham Park, 

Mines View Park

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If you’re to ask what’s the most famous tourist attraction in Baguio, the answer is Mines View Park. 

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In the early 20th century, Baguio was a mining town. Mines View Park sits on a ridge of the northeast side of Baguio where you can see a stunning view of the Cordillera Mountains and Benguet’s old copper and gold mines. While you’re there, you can also try on the Ifugaos’ traditional clothes and take a photo. 

Address: Outlook Dr., Baguio

Entrance fee: Free

Wright Park

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Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

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Wright Park is one of the many scenic Baguio spots. It is a peaceful place surrounded by flowers, a pool lined with pine trees, and a long stairway that leads visitors to a riding circle. Many families go there because it’s perfect for kids who want to ride horses.

Address: Gibraltar Rd, Baguio

Entrance fee: Free

Baguio Cathedral

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Baguio Cathedral, also known as Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral, is a popular Baguio City tourist spot. It stands atop Mount Mary Hill, or what the Ibalois call “Kampo” and can be reached by climbing a 104-step staircase.

During World War II, it served as an evacuation center that’s why it’s also considered as one of the historical places in Baguio.

Address: Cathedral Loop adjacent to Session Road, Baguio

Entrance fee: Free

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Related article: 15 Must-Visit Baguio Tourist Spots for a Fun Escapade

Where to Eat in Baguio Near Burnham Park

Oh My Gulay Artist Cafe

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Are you a vegan and having a hard time to look for a place to eat? Well, the search is over! Oh My Gulay Artist Cafe serves vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and organic food choices perfect for health-conscious eaters. But not only that, the place is a visual treat, too as it features a penthouse that is a haven for artists, a koi pond, a wooden stage for cultural shows, and tropical and indoor foliage plants for a soothing space.

Address: 5/F La Azotea Green Building, 108 Session Road, Baguio City

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Operation hours: 11am to 9pm daily

Budget: PHP 200 for a meal

Canto Bogchi Joint

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Their name may mean “street food” in witty wordplay, but Canto Bogchi Joint’s food offerings are just as good as any restaurant in Baguio City, if not greater. 

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The name may mean “street food” but don’t let it deceive you. Canto Bogchi Joint offers a menu that’s as good as other restaurants in Baguio. They’re famous for their Lomo Ribs (a plate of saucy and succulent pork loin ribs paired with soft either fragrant rice or mashed potato and a side of fresh herb salad). They also serve other Fil-American dishes like beef pochero, cascade salad with fresh Baguio greens, grilled chicken, and pizzas.

Aside from the food, you’ll also love their white interiors, high ceilings, and nature-rich al fresco dining space.

Address: 32 Kisad Road, Baguio City

Operation hours: 10am to 9pm (Mondays to Thursdays); 10am to 10pm (Fridays to Sundays)

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Budget: PHP 250-450

Camping Date Chicken & Pizza

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Contrary to its name, you will not dine in an open space under the stars but they managed to ace the campsite-themed interiors to give its customers a unique and memorable dining experience—from swapping your usual dining tables with tents of various sizes and foldable desks and camping chairs.

Camping Date Chicken & Pizza serves Korean-inspired dishes, like a Bulgogi pizza among others, and honey butter boneless chicken, cooked in various Korean flavors, as well as BBQ chicken and tteokbokki, a popular Korean street food made with rice cake.

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Address: 2/F 363 Legarda Road, Baguio City, Benguet

Operation hours: 2pm to 1am (Monday to Wednesday); 12pm to 1am (Thursday to Sunday)

Budget: PHP 400-950

Where to stay

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Check-in requirements

Guests from MGCQ and GCQ Areas1.  RT-PCR tests with negative results should be taken not earlier than 48 hours prior to traveling or Health Certificate
2. Travel Authority from your local government
3.Quick Registration at http://visita.baguio.gov.ph/
4. Hotel booking confirmation
5. Valid Government ID such as passport, driver’s license, SSS UMID, Postal ID, Philhealth ID, TIN, Voter’s ID, Senior Citizen ID, PWD ID.  
Guests from Baguio1. Health Certificate
2. Hotel booking confirmation
3. Valid Government ID such as passport, driver’s license, SSS UMID, Postal ID, Philhealth ID, TIN, Voter’s ID, Senior Citizen ID, PWD ID.  

Frequently Asked Questions About Burnham Park

Q: What can you do in Burnham Park?

A: There are a lot of things both tourists and locals can enjoy in Burnham Park. These include: 

  1. Boating
  2. Biking
  3. Skating
  4. Jogging
  5. Strolling
  6. Zumba
  7. Picnic

Q: How much is the boat ride in Burnham Park?

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A: You can ride the Swan Boat for PHP 60 plus an additional PHP 25 if you want someone to pedal it for you. For a bigger boat perfect for a group, the rate is PHP 100 per hour and an additional PHP25 if you want a rower.

Q: How do I get from Manila to Burnham Park Baguio?

A: From Manila or Cubao, there are many buses going to Baguio directly. Upon arrival at the bus terminal in Baguio, you can hail a cab to take you hassle-free to Burnham Park or take a jeep going to Scout Barrio or Loakan or Kias-PMA with all three routes having their terminal at the east side of Burnham Park.

Q: What is there to do in Baguio for 3 days?

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A: We recommend you to visit the Mines View Park, the Wright Park, Good Shepherd, Botanical Garden, The Mansion and The Pink’s Sisters Convent to get the yummiest ube jam. 

Q: How to go from Burnham Park to Botanical Garden?

A: There are many jeeps that pass Leonard Wood Road. There’s a terminal near Dane’s Bakeshop. Ride one that indicates Plaza to the following places: Mines View, Pacdal, Beckel, Country Club, Navy Base, Tuding, Itogon. 

Q: How much is the Burnham Park entrance fee?

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A: There is no entrance fee in Burnham Park but some activities do, like the swan boats in Burnham Park lake and bike rentals.

Q: Is Baguio open for tourists?

A: As of writing, Baguio has reopened only for Luzon tourists since October. Visitors are no longer required to book their itineraries through a DoT-accredited tour agency. However, they will still be required to book in a DoT-accredited accommodation establishment issued with a Certificate Authority to Operate

Source: Manila Bulletin

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