Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs
Popularly known as the ‘Filipino Jeepney’, the graffiti splashed jeepneys are the highlight of the metro town of Manila in the Philippines. Known to be the most common mode of public transport in Manila, the long lengthed jeepneys are stretched versions of military jeeps which were used by the Americans in World War II. Aside from the driver and a passenger or two in the front seat, the rest of the people are made to sit on the longitudinal cushioned seats installed across each other behind the front. The seats can accommodate up to 10 passengers per side (some of the longer ones can also accommodate 20 passengers per side) and can be stopped by the wave of a hand anywhere on the streets.
The flamboyant art and gaudy decorations on the jeepneys make it iconic and ubiquitous means of public transport in the Philippines, and distinguish it as a unique means of commuting. Considered to be the cultural symbol of Manila, the vibrant jeepneys are also known for their crowded seating. That means if you are to sit inside a jeepney, you should understand that your personal space will be under siege and your knees will be clanking against each other if not with other people’s. The commute is no doubt entertaining, especially for the tourists, however, any longer than 30 minutes might get a little uncomfortable and inconvenient.
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