Things to do in SAGADA | Hanging Coffins, Burial Caves & Echo Valley

Friday, April 05, 2013

TRIPinas tour only had two and a half days to visit all the famous sites in Sagada. Though it is not really sufficient to truly appreciate the town, it is enough to go to the important landmarks around the area.


Haning Coffins at Echo Valley

Hanging Coffins is one of the most famous attractions in Sagada, part of the Kankaney tradition where coffins of the buried indigenous tribes are placed on limestone mountain cliffs as part of their burial culture.

This was our first itinerary for our Surviving Sagada Adventure. The hanging coffins was easy to find but I recommend you to have a tour guide if it's your first time here. 

When going to the Hanging Coffins, you will pass by several interesting sites:

St Mary's Episcopal Church
Stands in the center of Sagada lies an Episcopal Protestant church built by American missionaries during the early 1900's. Sagada's municipality is predominantly protestant with almost 95% baptized into the Episcopal Church. Locals embraced the religion that they both have an ancestral name and Christian name.

St Mary's Church
  

Sagada Cemetery
Upon walking to the Hanging Coffins, you will also pass by Sagada Cemetery where Christians who passed away were buried in a Christian cemetery.


Sagada Cemetery


Echo Valley
After passing by the cemetery there's a narrow trail leading to a cliff called the Echo Valley, it was called such as it echoes loud sounds.


Echo Valley

Maricor, Me and Gin at Echo Valley


From the Echo Valley you can already see the Hanging Coffins, my parents were satisfied with the view but if you want a closer look at the coffins, like me you have to hike a muddy but easy trail for 10-15 minutes- easy compared to the next activities we will soon do.


Hanging Coffins from afar

Hanging Coffins is a traditional way of burying the dead because they believe that it is easier for the spirits to rise up compared to the ones who are buried down under.



After a few minutes walk. The Hanging Coffins


a picture with the coffins



We also got to visit Lumiang Burial Cave where the remains of the dead are placed in the mouth of a cave, it is  an alternative way of burying the dead among the locals of Sagada.


Lumiang Burial Cave


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  1. Hi! We're going to Baguio next month for Panagbenga and we're planning to go to Sagada, too. I'm wondering if you know someone who can tour us around the place and if there's a place where we can stay. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Luzzile! Here are my suggestions Tripinas & Travel Ventours :) They can arrange the tour for you :)

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