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25 Photos of Binondo Through the Years

See photos of the world's oldest Chinatown through the years.
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Established in 1594, Binondo is known as the oldest Chinatown in the world. Though originally meant for Chinese immigrants who converted to Catholicism, the district grew to become the center of commerce, finance, and trade in the Philippines. Look back and see photos of Binondo through the years below.

More: The Story of How Binondo Became the World's Oldest Chinatown

Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz (formerly Plaza de Binondo)

Photo by WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.

El Oriental, a chocolate and coffee factory

Café and Chocolate Factory in Binondo, Manila, Philippines, 1900 or before

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The Binondo Canal ferry

Binondo Canal ferry, Manila, Philippines, about 1899

A view of Muelle de la Industria

Manila, Philippines, early 20th Century

The Binondo Canal Lift Bridge

Freight boats at the automatic lift bridge, Binondo Canal, Manila, Philippines, early 20th Century

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The Camisa Church in Binondo

Camisa Church, Binondo, Manila, Philippines, late 19th century or early 20th century

A group of Filipino flower sellers by the Binondo Church

Filipino Flower Sellers by the Binondo Church, Manila, Philippines, early 20th Century

A street scene outside the Binondo Church

Binondo Church and convent, Manila, Philippines, 1899

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A busy and crowded day filled with horse-drawn carriages

Binondo Church, Manila, Philippines, Late 19th or early 20th century

The bustling streets of Binondo

Rosario Street and Binondo Church from the Pasig River, Manila, Philippine Islands, Early 20th Century

The Office of the Cantonese Association

Office of the Cantonese Association, 459 Dasmarinas St. in Binondo, Manila, Philippines, early 20th Century

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Quintin Paredes Street (formerly Calle Rosario) in Binondo, Manila

Calle Rosario, center of Chinese stores, Binondo, Manila, Philippines, 1926

A casco boat which was used to carry cargo and goods across lakes and rivers

Casco boat pushed along with poles, Binondo, Manila, Philippines, June 1, 1934 b

The New Light Theater in Ongpin

New Light Theater, 814 Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila, Philippines, 1940s (probably before Dec. 1941)

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An aerial view of Binondo in 1945

Binondo, Manila, Philippines, Feb. 1945

A closer look at the war-torn district

China Town, Gandara St., Binondo, Manila, Philippines, post WWII 1945-1950

The smoke-filled air after the Battle of Manila

Manila burning, Battle for Manila Feb. 5, 1945

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Binondo at the end of the '40s

Manila China Town, 715 Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila, Philippines, 1949

A view of Ongpin street

Manila China Town, 848 Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila, Philippines, 1949 (1)

Another view of Ongpin Street

Manila China Town, 848 Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila, Philippines, 1949 (2)

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A young saleswoman in a gun shop

Manila China Town, 848 Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila, Philippines, 1949 (3)

Hong Bon Bridge, one of the oldest bridges in Binondo

Been to Binondo all my life but it is my first time to see this bridge. Hello HONG BON BRIDGE! Nice to meet you! #bridge #bontongbridge #binondo #binondobridge #walkway #avftl #downtown

A recent photo of Estero de Binondo

Photo by WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.
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Binondo lion dancers welcoming the Lunar New Year in 2017

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The Binondo we know today

Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila's Chinatown

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