ADD TO LISTSituated in the mountain province, Sagada is a region famous for its "hanging coffins." These are a traditional way of burying the dead above ground in cliffs rather than below the ground.
The elderly typically to carve their own coffin. Those who are too weak or ill are assisted. Once deceased, the coffins are brought to the cliffs. This tradition is also popular among the Bo people in China, and has been in practice for more than 2000 years.
Other activities things to explore in Sagada include visiting the numerous caves, seeing the traditional villages and rice terraces, and learning more about the local Kankanaey tribe.
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Sagada Caves...there are two circuits, one...the long one is about four hours climbing, falling and doing what is Spain is called barranquismo but without any helmet and few ropes...however it is a nice experience...be prepared to get completely dirty and wet
The Lonely Planet describes this as a town that once promised to be a center for cultural arts in the northern Luzon mountains, but that never came to fruition due to the copious amounts of locally grown potent marijuana... and hash.
Arrive and a bit odd, but great weaving place can buy purses and it helps the village, a must is to see the open coffins, the bodies go back to the elements.
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