Kiangan is a small town located in the province of Ifugao, Philippines. Kiangan is a heritage town and and the former capital of Ifugao Province. It is not a major tourist area compared to its neighbors Banaue and Batad. The towns name is from the word “Kiyyangan” which was an ancient village near Ibulao River.
We stayed in Lagawe and drove to Kiangan to Visit the Shrine. The Kiangan War Memorial Shrine was erected in 1974. It commemorates the end of World War II in the Philippines. The Ifugao Museum is also located in the area, during our visit the entrance fee was free. The Museum has a good collection that represent the history and culture of the Ifugaos.
Peace Museum/Yamashita Surrender Site is just a few blocks away from the Town hall. The wooden building is the site where General Tumoyuki Yamashita unconditional surrendered to the Allied Forces. The weather started to look bad so we decided to skip visiting the water falls and head back to Lagawe. The Town has a lot of historical and natural attractions. I will definitely explore more of the town in my next visit to Ifugao.
List of Tourist Sites in Kiangan:
War Memorial Shrine – Hours of Operation : 8-5 PM daily
Entrance fee : Student 10 php , Local 20 php and foreign 30 Php.
Parking: small Vehicle 20 php , Big Vehicle 50 php
Nagacadan Terraces (UNESCO World Heritage Site )
How To Get there:
From Manila : Ride Ohayami Bus in Sampaloc manila. Lagawe/Kiangan Trip departs at 9:30 PM and Banaue Trip departs at 9:00 PM. (Travel Time: 8-9 hours ) Make sure to reserve in advance.
From Baguio: Ride Ohayami Bus or KMS Bus in Rizal Park (Travel Time: 8-9 hours ). If you dont mind getting car sick (zig-zag roads) but want a shorter trip then you can ride the Van. The Vans are usually located at Dangwa Terminal or Slaughter House compound Baguio City. Route Baguio-Nueva Vizcaya Rd. Travel time is 6-7 hours.
From Lagawe – You can ride a Jeepney or you can ask a tricyle for a special trip.