Megaworld opens Chinatown Museum in Binondo

Property giant's second museum project to offer glimpse of glorious past of the "World's Oldest Chinatown"

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Township developer Megaworld is opening the country’s first cultural museum dedicated to the “World’s Oldest Chinatown” inside the Lucky Chinatown Mall in Binondo, Manila.

Located at the 4th level of Lucky Chinatown’s Building A, the Chinatown Museum features 18 galleries, with each focusing on various influences and historical events that have shaped the cultural, social, and economic threads of Binondo – from its establishment as a settlement for Chritianised Chinese to the height of downtown Escolta on its way to becoming a bustling commercial downtown of colonial Manila.

The new cultural landmark, recognised by the National Historical Commission and National Commission for the Culture and the Arts, is envisioned as a community space and heritage project that lends a visual retelling of the rich history of Binondo.

“It has always been our goal to integrate arts, culture, history, and heritage in the overall character of our developments,” said Kevin L. Tan, Megaworld’s chief strategy officer.

With Lucky Chinatown being at the center of a community characterised by its rich history, Tan said Megaworld wanted to extend this passion for the arts and culture to the mall experience and eventually boost tourism in this part of Manila.

Chinatown Museum is the second museum venture of the property giant following the opening of the Iloilo Museum for Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA), the first museu of its kind in the Visayas and Mindanao region, inside its Iloilo Business Park township in Mandurriao, Iloilo last year.

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Part of the company’s tourism initiatives is to integrate museum projects in its township developments across the country. Currently, it is curating museums for its townships in Cebu, Pampanga, and Pasig City.

Chinatown Museum is connected directly to the main mall of Lucky Chinatown via a bridgeway at the fourth level and the newly-opened Hotel Lucky Chinatown. –