The Bahay Tsinoy Museum is a don’t-miss stop for history-minded visitors to Manila and for those of Chinese heritage. Bahay Tsinoy is a museum which presents the story of the Chinese in Philippine history. The Bahay Tsinoy is located in the historic walled Intramuros area of Manila on Anda Street, making it easy to combine a visit to this museum with several other Intramuros attractions and amenities.
While China’s rising importance is in today’s news, China has always been a giant looming over every aspect of Philippine life. The Spanish colonized the Philippines mostly because they hoped to use it as a stepping stone to missionary work in China. The U.S. decided to keep the Philippines as a colony for much the same reason except the aim was trade rather than proselytizing. Even before the Spanish arrived in the 16th century, there were vigorous trade and other connections between China and the islands which became the Philippines.
Filipinos of Chinese ancestry have been a critically important factor in the development of the Philippines as we know it today.
The Bahay Tsinoy (bahay=house, Tsinoy or Chinoy=a Filipino of Chinese ancestry) helps the visitor trace Chinese influences on the Philippines from the earliest days to the present including displays on pre-Spanish Chinese trading, the Spanish era, the establishment of “parians” or Chinese ghettos, the Galleon trade which brought valuable goods from China to Europe through Manila, and the rise of Chinese Filipinos into the uppermost echelons of business and government.
As of Sept. 2009, the museum is open every day but Monday, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Admission is P100. Phone 527-6083, 526-6798, 526-6796.