The Hanging Coffins of Sagada

Staunton Rd., Sagada, Mountain Province

The Hanging Coffins of Sagada
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Sopia S.
3.0 Stars
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Sagada City Tour. We will be going at Eco Valley, Sagada Cemetery, Hanging coffins and small falls (I forgot the name).

A little walking we reached Eco Valley. It was awesome! The view was okay, too. But not as overwhelming as other tourist spots.

Another little walking we reached the cemetery. The tour guide informed us its short history and romantic story about their cemetery. Locals leave a space-ready beside someone's tomb as reservation for their loved ones. :)

Another little walking we reached hanging coffins! Yehey! I was very excited about this. However, I was kinda disappointed because I thought I will be seeing many hanging coffins. Pero ito lang pala talaga 'yun! (see picture). Anyway, I still enjoyed it. It is part of their culture. If you noticed, there are chairs beside the coffins, that is because dead people sit their as part of their ritual before putting inside the coffins.

After that, a long, tiring walk before reaching the falls. Be prepared to get wet.

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EJ M.
5.0 Stars

SAGAD ANG GANDA, SAGAD SA SAYA
A Sagada Trip Special

THE HANGING COFFINS OF SAGADA
Of course this is what I've been wanting to see ever since. The Hanging Coffins of Sagada tell a thousand stories of a very rich culture, faith and respect of the Igorot tribe. Their oneness with nature brought this tradition to them.

Igorot elders choose if they want their bodies buried in the cemetery or their coffins hanged in caves like these. They believe that by doing this, their souls go back and be one with nature.

The feeling was very surreal. Really. I've been looking at pictures of these from the internet, instagram and Looloo and I've never felt so happy to see it myself.

So there goes the mandatory picture of 'em.

I am amazed on how the people hanged them there, I am thrilled with the art that went after it. It was simple yet it was a wonder.

Our tour guide told us that there will be gates put up here so that tourists will not be able to go near them to preserve the sanctity of the coffins so I suggest while they haven't put up those gates yet, better go and take a visit already!

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Mico C.
4.0 Stars

There is a specific area where you can admire the hanging coffins from up close. Although for observant folks gifted with excellent vision, seeing some coffins from different parts of the vicinity and from various ledges, can be done already. Hanging coffins can be seen on the sides of mountain walls around you. Our tour group stopped by a local sari-sari store and saw several coffins from afar. These coffins were pegged on a mountain side perpendicular to the ground which made me wonder how the former inhabitants lodged them there. From our view, it would seem near impossible to scale those parts (unless they didn’t scale them and just made use of makeshift pulleys – but our tour guide said otherwise). Anyway, I believe the experience is not complete if you don’t see the coffins meters away from you. But to see them up close, you need to make a short trek down a path to several coffins (yes good sirs and maams, you need to work for it).

It would definitely help to have a tour guide with you on the way to these hanging coffins. Guides are very helpful in two fronts: (1) ensure your safety going down as the path can become very slippery and dangerous at times especially on several rocky portions and on steep slopes (when we went there it rained a bit so it was harder than usual to reach the coffins) and (2) ensure you have a deeper understanding of the coffins by explaining their history and background. Do marvel at how preserved these coffins are. A few minutes of silence in this area made the experience much more memorable.

Highly recommend going here, it’s just a quick trek and ROI is high hehe. Take care everyone! Stay mahusay.

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Lady J T.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Gj A.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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April H.
4.0 Stars

#veryverylatepost

This was during one of our family trips to Sagada... It was the pre-looloo era so my pics were mostly with me in them, sorry!128514 I have a bit of trouble remembering some of the details of previous trips, but Allen Y's recommendation prompted me to do this review!128522

We went here on a sunny afternoon, right before our underground river adventure... Our tour guide explained to us that these coffins were placed hung due to the request of the departed... Their loved ones honored their decision and hung their remains on the side of the mountain... It was their way of showing reverence and honor to their dearly departed... This tradition is still being practiced today, which made us all happy... I am so proud of our culture and very happy & thankful that certain traditions still run deep in the computer era... It's a very solemn area, you really feel it in the air... Rightfully so... Must visit when in Sagada...

I posed by some coffins on the ground, not wanting to ask if there was anyone inside...128517 I just posed and hightailed out of there...

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Allen Y.
3.0 Stars

It was drizzling when we did the Echo Valley eco-trail. So the trail leading to the hanging coffins was slippery and it was downhill! Oh the horror. Haha I'm not a big fan of downhill/descent.

Our guide gave us a little info regarding the hanging coffins. According to him, the faithful departed were the one who chose the place to be hanged. There are other places with hanging coffins but this is one of the few that can be seen by the public.

From here you can either go back to town thru the Echo Valley trail or push on ahead towards the underground river. We did the latter.

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Steffhanie S.
4.0 Stars

Let's get the ultimate Sagada experience to a start!

For our first activity during our first day, as it was already after lunch when we were ready to go, we opted to choose the type that wouldn't pressure us much in terms of tourist traffic, thus, the short hike to the Echo Valley Hanging Coffins began.

We started with a mini briefing from our guide, Kuya Morgan. He told us the history behind the hanging coffins of Sagada, how the elders were respected and treated with so much loyalty that up until now they still practice hanging them at the sides of the mountains. More than the knowledge, Kuya Morgan was jolly and comedic in ways that lighten up our moods whenever our feet feel so tired from all the hiking. He was always extra informational whenever we ask questions and really nice in assisting us at slippery and challenging hike areas.

We walked towards the Echo Valley area, up and down to the grassy hills that led us to the solemn and peaceful close-up view of the Echo Valley Hanging Coffins.

There were almost 20 wooden coffins in the area with actually different sizes. Initially, we taught that the small ones were carrying infants but then we were told that everyone there were elders who were in fetal position as they have this belief that once you leave this world, you go back to where you once started, being an infant.

The coffins were traced back so many years back and still the practice continues to be executed as a form of giving value to the elders. The coffins have names and markers to distinguish them one after another.

The people who hang these coffins use the tree vines to support them in climbing the mountain sides and tying the ropes/wires in it. You'll be amazed by how these coffins were stationed in different levels that make this tourist spot actually a unique and remarkable one in many ways that you can recall.

While you're at closest to them, you'll feel how life and nature are at closest to each other, made peaceful by the sound of the wind and the sight of the skies and mountains altogether. You'll feel how a province's culture can keep the non-living alive still, in ways that they could always be remembered, forever.

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Tin O.
5.0 Stars

We went here last January, during the coldest month in Sagada. Super love the weather (7-10°C), beautiful and peaceful place, majestic I must say. Almost half an hour of trekking before you can reach the hanging coffins, but it was all worth it! Hanging coffins were super amazing! I love everything about Sagada! I will definitely recommend going here to all my hard-core friends!127811127810127794

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Katrina V.
3.0 Stars

The hike going to this place was a workout! But the cold breeze makes all that walk less tiring. It might be a bit creepy going in here especially when you think that the place is a burial site, but this experience made us appreciate more the culture of the native people. There's nothing much to do here and if you're not a fan of walking, you can skip this.

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Demie E.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Jen L.
5.0 Stars

have your tour guide to explain and take you pictures so you appreciate the cultural values and history behind :)

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Kring K.
4.0 Stars

Trekking worth the wait! Kahit medyo kabado kc bka mahulog ka while trekking papunta sa hanging coffins, solve pa din, just to see the these coffins hanging on the wall of mountains. Amazing dba??

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Ig Plummer S.
3.0 Stars

One of the traditions among the locals in Sagada.

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Kiko G.
5.0 Stars

This is one of the sites where tourists can see the hanging coffins of sagada. Because of it's proximity from the main road, with just 10-15 minute trek, this site is the famous one among many.

Approximately 10 minutes away from Echo Valley, you can get a good shot of the Hangin Coffins. It was uber cool seeing them up close. Some of them were hanged 300 years ago.

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KC C.
4.0 Stars

Creepy!. But the view was so breath taking!.

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Enaj F.
5.0 Stars

The story behind these coffins are amazing! We were so privilidged that our tour guide is Sir John because most of his ancestors are literally hanging in those coffins. He explained a lot of things about their culture and their beliefs and wow.. I am stunned! Going to this place is really challenging especially on people like me where I prefer to just walk a bit and find any mode of transportation. But the view especially the story are all worth it.

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DarkstarM D.
3.0 Stars

A not-so-exciting-and-a-bit-boring-attraction in Sagada. Why? Because you can't get near the coffins, see? They're just there from a far and people will just take pictures from that distance. 128514128514128514128514

But anyway, Sagada experience wouldn't be complete without it!

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