Thursday, June 7, 2012

Butuan City: Balangay Shrine Museum

Photos of Balangay Shrine Museum, Butuan

Photos of Balangay Shrine Museum, Butuan
The real thing: Balangay boat

This small museum is several kilometers east of downtown Butuan City where lies the resting ground of the 320 A.D.-dated Balangay boat. The wooden boats measured an average of 15 meters in length which said carried the first settlers of Butuan. To date, 9 Balangays have already been discovered in the town of Libertad. The museum is just like a small house so you could be out in that building in just 15 minutes. Aside from the remains of the Balangay, you would also find the remains of the early settlers found in coffin burials so if you are squeamish about skeletons just don't go there.
Photos of Balangay Shrine Museum, Butuan
wooden nails used to fasten the boat

The Balangay is a cultural heritage that establishes the maritime activities of Butuan long before the Chinese came to the shores of the Philippines. Butuan is protected against any form of intrusion, illegal excavation or vandalism because of a Presidential Order.

I hope the local and national government would pay close attention on the needs of this national treasure. Aside from that, the building really needs a good renovation.

Photos of Balangay Shrine Museum, Butuan

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1 comment:

Orville said...

amazing..very historic :)