STUDY: Quezon City Hailed as Top Asian Destination for Architecture Lovers

The study is based on TripAdvisor reviews.
by | August 30, 2023

There’s no better destination for appreciating architecture in Asia than Quezon City, Philippines, according to one recent study. The city is also ranked as the second-best destination for architecture lovers in the world.


QC is the top destination in Asia for architecture lovers

Also known as the largest city in Metro Manila in terms of land area, Quezon City is hailed as the top destination in Asia for architecture lovers based on a recent study by the UK-based website Buildworld.

According to Buildworld, it identified the top 10 destinations in every country according to the country’s TripAdvisor page and applied the following filters: Architectural buildings, Castles, Churches and Cathedrals, Sacred and Religious Sights, Ancient Ruins, and Bridges.

“Next, we calculated the percentage of architectural sites in each city that have a 4.5- or 5-star rating and ranked the cities according to this metric,” shared Buildworld. The study found that 90.00% of the buildings in the city have a rating of 4.5 stars or higher.

The top sites in Quezon City include the Quezon Heritage House, Parish of the Holy Sacrifice, and Quezon Memorial Circle.

Note: This study was based on tourist reviews and not by professionals.


Top 10 Asian Destinations for Architecture Lovers

Based on TripAdvisor reviews, here are Asia’s best destinations for architecture lovers:

10. Tashkent, Uzbekistan – 48.3%
9. Kathmandu, Nepal – 63.1%
8. Istanbul, Turkey – 71.0%
7. Rishikesh, India – 71.4%
6. Hyderabad, India – 72.0%
5. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – 72.7%
4. Bengaluru, India – 75.0%
3. Jerusalem, Israel – 77.5%
2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 81.2%
1. Quezon City, Philippines – 90.0%

Cities from other popular Asian destinations like Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea didn’t make it to the list.


Second-best destination in the world for architecture lovers

Quezon City, Philippines shares the second spot in the global rankings with Manchester, United Kingdom with a 90.00% 4.5+ Star Architectural Building Reviews.

Iasi in Romania took the top spot with a 92.3% ranking.

Here’s the full list of global destinations for architecture lovers, based on the proportion of 4.5- or 5-star ratings of local buildings on TripAdvisor:

10. Quebec City, Canada – 78.6%
9. Belgrade, Serbia – 78.6%
8. Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 81.3%
7. Kilkenny, Ireland – 81.8%
6. Lucern, Switzerland – 83.3%
5. Chicago, United States of America – 84.0%
4. Quito, Ecuador – 86.7%
3. Liverpool, United Kingdom – 88.9%
2. Quezon City, Philippines and Manchester, United Kingdom – 90.0%
1. Iasi, Romania – 92.3%

Iasi, Romania is known for its centuries-old monasteries, churches, historical monuments, and architecture. Some of its popular tourist destinations include the Palace of Culture, Metropolitan Cathedral Iasi, and Copou Park.


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When she’s not writing, Ina’s busy curating playlists that will save her when words don’t work, reading, annoying her cat, or thinking of her next meal.

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