Things to do in SAGADA | Hanging Coffins, Burial Caves & Echo ValleyFriday, 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|
Upon walking to the Hanging Coffins, you will also pass by Sagada Cemetery where Christians who passed away were buried in a Christian cemetery.
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.
|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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