For many people, Baguio is a comfort place, offering cool climate, relaxing hotels and cozy homestays, hip cafes and restaurants, and more. But it also ever evolving, with new commercial establishments and tourist attractions to visit. One such place is Igorot Stone Kingdom.
Opened in 2021, the Igorot Stone Kingdom is a 6000-sqm open complex featuring a collection of ancient structures made entirely out of stones. It is based on the old legend of Sab-Angan, an ancient kingdom of the Igorot indigenous people.
The kingdom resembles the rice terraces in Batad, Banaue Province. According to its founder, Pio Velasco, they used traditional “riprap” stones for this modern-day castle, which does not use cement inside, although cement was still used outside for reinforcement.
The main attractions in Igorot Stone Kingdom include a tower featuring the story of Gatan and Bangan (Igorots who survived the holocaust), a fertility stone tower, and a Kabunyan (an Igorot god) tower. There are also statues of prominent Igorots. Inside, you can also find a café.
The Igorot Stone Kingdom was temporarily closed but had started operations again starting April 2023.
Here’s our updated travel guide to Igorot Stone Kingdom!
Our visit to Igorot Stone Kingdom
We visited the Igorot Stone Kingdom in October 2023. At the time of our visit, construction was still ongoing.
It was early morning on a weekday, so there was a manageable crowd. We explored the pathways and looked for the best spots for picture taking. We passed by the café and then headed to the rooftop for a view of the city and the streets. Honestly, picture taking is the main activity here, so after an hour or so, we left for the nearby Tam-Awan Village.
I always try to be honest when writing in this site, and for me, the Igorot Stone Kingdom is my least favorite stop on our visit to Baguio City. It was hot since it is an open area, there is nothing much to do, and contrary to my expectation I didn’t really learn new information about the Igorots aside from what I’ve read online.
The Igorot Stone Kingdom is still fairly new so it still has ample room for improvement. My suggestions would be giving out free pamphlets about its history and features and perhaps offer a guided tour around the complex.
If you do like instagrammable spots though, surely it’s a worthwhile place to see in Baguio City. It’s also conveniently located close to Tam-Awan Village, one of the classic tourist spots in Baguio City especially for first-time visitors, so it makes for an easy side trip.
How to get to Igorot Stone Kingdom
Igorot Stone Kingdom is located in Baguio City, about 20-30 minutes away from the city proper. On busy hours, the drive here may take even longer.
Here are the commute directions:
- Option 1: From Otek St. (beside Good Taste Restaurant near Burnham Park), ride a jeep to Igorot Stone Kingdom.
- Option 2: Alternatively, you can also ride a jeepney at the upper Kayang Street (located at the back of Baguio City Police Station).
If you’re bringing a car, take note that there is limited parking. However, there are also paid parking areas nearby.
About Igorot Stone Kingdom
Here’s everything you need to know when visiting the Igorot Stone Kingdom in Baguio City:
Here are the Igorot Stone Kingdom entrance fees:
|Regular – P130
Senior and students – P80
Kids 3 years old and below – free
|Outfit rental – P50
Igorot Stone Kingdom is open daily from 6AM to 6PM.
The best time to visit here is on weekday mornings, so you can avoid the crowd. If visiting on weekends and holidays, expect the place to be jampacked.
Things to do at Igorot Stone Kingdom
Here are the activities you can do at Igorot Stone Kingdom
- Take pictures. Walk around the complex and take IG-worthy pictures. You can also rent traditional Igorot outfit for picture taking.
- Take a break at the café. Enjoy casual snacks and drinks with a view of the stone kingdom. Alternatively, there are also a handful of restaurants just walking distance from the Igorot Stone Kingdom. Antonio’s Cafe is a newly opened cafe offering affordable rice meals. Igorot’s Charm Cafe offers unlimited cakes and coffee, and the owner (Ate Wamz) also offers hand-tap tattoos and can regale you with stories about the tattooing culture in the Cordillera Region.
- Buy pasalubong. There is a stall at the entrance with fresh strawberries and other items.
The Igorot Stone Kingdom is also a 3-minute walk from the Tam-Awan Village, which I highly recommend for their beautiful local artwork display and nature ambiance. Other nearby tourist spots include: Campfolkswagen Cafe and Gallery, Japanese Trail, Alapo Adventure Camp, and Mt. Costa.
- Wear comfortable clothes and durable footwear for walking. Bring a hat or umbrella since there is minimal shade inside the complex.
- You can explore the Igorot Stone Kingdom in as short as 1 hour, depending on how long it takes for you to take pictures. As said above, it’s a convenient side trip when visiting Tam-Awan Village.
- If it’s raining, it’s best to reschedule your visit since you won’t be able to enjoy exploring the stone kingdom.
- The Igorot Stone Kingdom is pet-friendly! Just make sure that your pet is kept in a leash.
For inquiries, you can contact Igorot Stone Kingdom via Facebook.
Have you been to Igorot Stone Kingdom in Baguio City? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Katherine Cortes is a long-time backpacker and a freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).