You don’t have to spend much when you explore Davao City. It is a budget-friendly place so you can definitely do more for less. Here’s a list of tourist attractions in Davao City that you can visit for FREE. Yes, it’s for free! (Read: 10 Reasons to Visit Davao Now)
1. People’s ParkLocated at the heart of Davao City, People’s Park has been a popular destination for both locals and tourists in the city. It features sculptures of Kublai Milan, one of Davao’s famous artists. It is covered with lush vegetation and is ideal for family bonding. There is no entrance fee to visit the park.
2. Museo Dabawenyo
If you are into historical finds, you may visit Museo Dabawenyo for free. It is labelled as a “people’s museum” and its programs are geared towards better historical and cultural awareness, understanding and integration. It is located at Cor. A. Pichon and C.M. Recto Sts., Davao City and is open from 9am-6pm Monday to Friday.
3. Magsaysay Park
This month of August is the perfect time to visit Magsaysay Park as the Kadayawan Village is set to open on August 14. Eleven traditional houses will be built representing the 11 ethnolinguistic groups in Davao City namely: Ata, Iranun, Kagan, Klata-Guiangan, Maguindanaon, Maranao, Matigsalug, Ovu Manuvu, Sama, Taga-Bawa, and Tausug.
4. Lon Wa TempleThe Lon Wa Buddhist Temple also known as Long Hua Temple is the biggest Buddhist temple in Mindanao. It is located Cabaguio Ave, Agdao District, Davao City
5. Davao City Hall
The Davao City Hall is the seat of the City Government of Davao headed by its Mayor, Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio. It’s one of the must-visit places when you explore Davao City especially for first-timers. (Read: Davao 101: A Complete Davao City Travel Guide)
6. San Pedro Cathedral
San Pedro Cathedral is the oldest church in Davao City. Its original structure was bulit in 1847. It was named after San Pedro (Saint Peter), the patron saint of Davao. It is situated at the heart of the city just few meters away from the City Hall of Davao.
7. Bankerohan Public MarketFor visitors who want to take home fruits, the best way to shop is at Bankerohan Public Market. The prices are lower compared to the ones in the malls or at the airport stalls.
8. Roxas Night MarketIf you want to experience Davao’s street food and night bazaar, head to Roxas Night Market and you’ll enjoy a wide array of food that will surely satisfy your tummy. Must-try is the matcha buchi sold at only P10. The night market is free to roam around but if you want to eat or buy something, of course you’ll need to pay for it. Hahaha
9. Davao ChinatownDavao city has one of the largest Chinatowns in the country. It is marked by four arches namely : The arch of Peace, Prosperity, Friendship and Unity.
Where to stay in Davao?
Recommended Hotels in Davao City. Please click the name of the hotel below to know the rates and availability.
- Marco Polo Davao
- Seda Abreeza Hotel
- Park Inn by Radisson Davao
- Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao
- Apo View Hotel
Recommended budget accommodation in Davao City. Please click the name of the hotel / hostel / Dormitel / Inn below to know the rates and availability.
- Homitori Dormitel
- North Zen Hotel
- GV Hotel Davao
- The Royal House Travel Inn & Suites
- Hotel Uno
- Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto
- My Hotel Davao
- Green Windows Dormitel
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