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10 must-visit Philippine locations for Game of Thrones fans

by Jillian CariolaPublished: June 20, 2017Updated: June 21, 2017

If you are a fan of the hit fantasy series, you might see these Philippine sites in a different light from now on.

Philippine places that look like Game of Thrones locations MyProperty Philippines

Brace yourselves; Season 7 is coming.

This statement is enough to make Game of Thrones (GoT) fans squeal in delight and speculate about how intense the plotlines will be, who will die this time (or how many, for that matter), and how big those dragons have gotten (think Boeing big). But to those who find themselves interested in the technical aspects of the show as well, they are probably looking forward to the grand sets and locations to be used in the new season too.

Over the past six seasons, GoT has filmed in various countries, including Northern Ireland, Croatia, Iceland, and Malta. But as a Filipino fan, have you ever wondered, what if Game of Thrones was filmed in the Philippines? If you think our natural and man-made landscapes are not GoT-worthy, you would be wrong. We searched near and far, scoured the country’s 7,641 islands, and found 10 local sites that could have represented certain areas of the Seven Kingdoms. GoT-themed photoshoot, anyone?

 

Batan Island
Batanes

Batanes is composed of ten large islands, with people inhabiting only the three largest ones. The largest of these three is Batan Island, which is part of the Luzon Volcanic Arc due to the presence of an active volcano, the 1,009-meter high Mount Iraya. Aside from the volcano, the green island’s 35-square-kilometer land area is also generally composed of rolling hills and mountains on the north and southeast, with an interior basin. If you can envision this emerald landscape as Westeros, off to the distance would be House Stark’s ancestral home Winterfell, where the series begins.

Location used: Cairncastle, Northern Ireland

Philippine places that look like Game of Thrones locations MyProperty Philippines Batan Island Batanes
Batan Island, Batanes. Photo by Allan Ascaño (CC BY), via Flickr Creative Commons

Philippine places that look like Game of Thrones locations MyProperty Philippines Cairncastle Northern Ireland
Cairncastle, Northern Ireland. Photo by Albert Bridge (CC BY-SA 2.0), via Wikimedia Commons

 

Vigan
Ilocos Sur

The architecturally archaic town of Vigan has a lot of achievements under its belt: aside from being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also recognized as one of the New7Wonders Cities. While its history dates back to the 16th century, the homes and various historical buildings—a combination of native Filipino, Asian, and Spanish colonial design—lining the city’s cobblestone streets remain largely intact. Its genuine old-world feel is what likens it to the Seven Kingdoms’ capital, King’s Landing where, among other noteworthy events, a naked Queen Regent Cersei Lannister took her walk of shame.

Location used: Stradun, Dubrovnik, Croatia


Vigan, Ilocos Sur. Photo by Obra19-Jojo Deladia (CC BY-SA 3.0), via Wikimedia Commons

Philippine places that look like Game of Thrones locations MyProperty Philippines Stradun Dubrovnik Croatia
Stradun, Dubrovnik, Croatia. Photo via Depositphotos

 

Cogon Ecotourism Park
Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte

Starting out as a reforestation project in the 1950s, Cogon Ecotourism Park is a 344-hectare land and forest reserve that allows visitors outdoor activities like camping, trekking, and biking. While the park does contain several contemporary structures like a mini zoo and Mindanao’s tallest treehouse, a large part of it is raw, untouched greenery that can easily represent the Haunted Forest of Winterfell, where Lord of Winterfell Ned Stark and his sons find a dead dire wolf and rescue its surviving cubs.

Location used: Tollymore Forest Park, Northern Ireland

Philippine places that look like Game of Thrones locations MyProperty Philippines Cogon Ecotourism Park Dipolog Zamboanga Del Norte
Cogon Ecotourism Park, Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte. Photo via dipologcity.com

Philippine places that look like Game of Thrones locations MyProperty Philippines Tollymore Forest Park Northern Ireland
Tollymore Forest Park, Northern Ireland. Photo via Depositphotos

 

Ungab Rock Formation
Santa Cruz, Marinduque

Found along the shores of Mongpong Island, the Ungab Rock Formation is one of the most popular landmarks of the province and not just for its sheer size. At the lower half of the rock starts a hole that has been eroded by the seawater below, making for a nice shaded area for swimming as well as a spectacular photo op. This opening is what makes it look similar to the monolithic backdrop of the wedding of Dothraki chieftain Khal Drogo to the long-named Queen of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen.

Location used: Azure Window, Gozo, Malta

Philippine places that look like Game of Thrones locations MyProperty Philippines Azure Window Goto Malta
Azure Window, Goto, Malta. Photo via Depositphotos

 

Intramuros
City of Manila

Built in 1590, the wall surrounding Intramuros was initiated during the Spanish colonization due to the threat of natural and man-made disasters, as well as foreign invasion. The wall is 22 feet high, surrounded by eight-feet-thick stones, and covers 64 hectares of land. Aside from the main wall itself, there are a total of seven bastions placed in strategic areas. Only five of the original eight gates have been restored or rebuilt; two were torn down during the American occupation to make way for road construction and the widening of river wharves, and one was destroyed in an earthquake and was not restored. If you look at the wall and bastions hard enough, they might start to dissolve into The House of the Undying, where Daenerys goes to rescue her dragons.

Location used: Minčeta Tower, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Philippine places that look like Game of Thrones locations MyProperty Philippines Intramuros Manila
Intramuros, Manila. Photo via Depositphotos

Philippine places that look like Game of Thrones locations MyProperty Philippines Minceta Tower Dubrovnik Croatia
Minčeta Tower, Dubrovnik, Croatia. Photo via Depositphotos

 

Callao Cave
Peñablanca, Cagayan

While it is only one of the 300 limestone caves in the area, the seven-chamber Callao Cave is the most popular among tourists. The cave can be found at the western foothills of the Northern Sierra Madre Mountains, and is part of the 118,781.58-hectare Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape. After climbing 184 steps to reach the mouth of the cave, you are welcomed by the largest of the chambers, a room 50 meters wide and 36 meters high that has been transformed into a chapel by residents. Explore the remaining six chambers and you might witness the birth of red-haired shadowbinder and priestess Melisandre's murderous shadow baby.

Location used: Cushendun Caves, Northern Ireland

Philippine places that look like Game of Thrones locations MyProperty Philippines Callao Cave Peñablanca Cagayan
Callao Cave, Peñablanca, Cagayan. Photo by mkirader (CC BY), via Flickr Creative Commons

Philippine places that look like Game of Thrones locations MyProperty Philippines Cushendun Caves Northern Ireland
Cushendun Caves, Northern Ireland. Photo by Anne Burgess (CC BY-SA 2.0), via Wikimedia Commons

 

Malagonlong Bridge
Tayabas, Quezon

Built in 1850, the Malagonlong Bridge or Puente de Malagonlong is said to be the grandest of the Spanish-era stone bridges found in Tayabas, spanning both banks of the Dumaca River and linking the villages of Mateuna and Lakawan. According to historical data, it took Filipinos 10 years to construct the 136-meter-long bridge with materials common back then: adobe blocks, limestone, molasses, and eggs. While the bridge is now solely a tourist site and plans are on the way to remedy its degenerative state, this should not stop you from envisioning (and enacting) the swordfight between prisoner and Cersei’s twin brother Jaime Lannister and Maid of Tarth Brienne, who was tasked to take him back to King’s Landing.

Location used: Bridge over River Maine, Randalstown Forest, Northern Ireland

Philippine places that look like Game of Thrones locations MyProperty Philippines Malagonlong Bridge Tayabas Quezon
Malagonlong Bridge, Tayabas, Quezon. Photo by Allan Jay Quesada (CC BY-SA 3.0), via Wikimedia Commons

Philippine places that look like Game of Thrones locations MyProperty Philippines Bridge over River Maine Randalstown Forest Northern Ireland
Bridge over River Maine, Northern Ireland. Photo via fangirlquest.com

 

Fort San Pedro
Cebu City

Regarded as the oldest fort in the Philippines, Fort San Pedro or Fuerte de San Pedro was constructed in 1565 as ordered by Miguel López de Legazpi, the first governor of the Captaincy General of the Philippines. It is also the country’s smallest fort, covering an area of 2,025 square meters with 20-foot-high walls and 30-foot-tall towers forming the fort’s triangular shape. Its imposing stance and triangular shape might remind viewers of the heart of King’s Landing called The Red Keep, where characters bore witness to the Battle of Blackwater Bay.

Location used: Lovrijenac Fortress in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Philippine places that look like Game of Thrones locations MyProperty Philippines Fort San Pedro Cebu City
Fort San Pedro, Cebu City, Cebu. Photo by Raschid Salting (CC BY-SA 3.0), via Wikimedia Commons

Philippine places that look like Game of Thrones locations MyProperty Philippines Lovrijenac Fortress Dubrovnik Croatia
Lovrijenac Fortress, Dubrovnik, Croatia. Photo via Depositphotos

 

Ogtong Cave
Bantayan Island, Bohol

Ogtong Cave is accessible to guests of Ogtong Cave Resort, an annex of pioneering Bantayan Island resort Santa Fe Beach Club. Inside the cave is a pool of swimmable clear blue freshwater and surrounding limestone walls that might remind GoT fans of Ned Stark’s bastard son Jon Snow and the wildling Ygritte’s so-called “love nest.”

Location used: Grjótagjá Cave, Iceland

Philippine places that look like Game of Thrones locations MyProperty Philippines Grjótagjá Cave Iceland
Grjótagjá Cave, Iceland. Photo via Depositphotos

 

Corregidor Island
Cavite

Found about 48 kilometers west of Manila, the island of Corregidor is said to be one of the last military bastions where Filipino and American soldiers fought to repel Japanese forces during the Second World War. Today, it is a popular destination for tourists as it is home to many buildings in ruins, tunnels, and artillery. The ruins are clear contenders for the camp where Ned Stark’s oldest son Robb Stark holed up with his troops, who also proclaimed him King in the North right there.

Location used: Inch Abbey, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland

Philippine places that look like Game of Thrones locations MyProperty Philippines Corregidor Island Cavite
Barracks, Corregidor Island. Photo by H.abanil (CC BY-SA 3.0), via Wikimedia Commons


Inch Abbey, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Photo by Nicky Agate (CC BY), via Flickr Creative Commons

 

Sources: ew.com, telegraph.co.uk, inquirer.net, mydipolog.wordpress.com, langyaw.com, fangirlquest.com, skyscanner.net, new7wonders.com, thepoortraveler.net, irri.org, ogtongcave.com, detourista.com, rappler.com, pinasmuna.com, Wikipedia.org

 

Main photos by Allan Jay Quesada via Wikimedia Commons; and fangirlquest.com

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