Pebbles and Stone Art at Bahay na Bato in Luna
The “Bahay-na-Bato” is now one of the most visited tourist destination by both local and foreign tourist in the region. It was opened for public only last 2015. Before it became available for public as tourist destination, it was only a rest house or a hideaway by the owners who are both professional doctors specializing in Dermatology and EENT.
As we relish in the sight of the vast western sea and the shoreline full of pebbles, we ushered ourselves upon a wonderful mansion with a wide backyard filled with arranged stone art decoration. It was occupied by many people and there was an open gate so we graciously went in.
It was already too late and we were already enjoying ourselves in the presence of these stone arts when we realized that there was an admission fee to this place (On our next visit, we made sure to pay for the admission fee).
Inside the mansion, we learned the history of this place as well as these amazing sculptures. This was owned and operated by Dr. Edison and Dr. Purita Chan-Noble. It was through the development of a Korean national and artist, Mr. Vong Kim, in the year 2000. Mr. Kim started carving images of his favorite sea creatures out of pebbles, but it wasn’t long enough when he started carving animals then he made a wide variety of stone arts from small animals to trees and benches. Then soon after, stone by stone, he built this house and by 2005 it rose on the shores of Nalvo Norte. The uniqueness of this stone house soon attracted tourists and travelers alike and the owner of the house, the Nobles, allowed visitations after the structure was declared a tourist site by the municipal government under Mayor Victor Marvin Marron.
We were able to observe the exceptionality of this house, from the corals placed artistically on the walls, and the pebbles laid flat on the floors with no cement. The refreshing interior design made the mansion the precise place to be to rest and recharge.
The stone works of Mr. Kim amazed the people until the place is called, “BAHAY NA BATO”.
Today, Bahay-na-Bato is also open for any occasions such as but not limited to weddings, baptismal, birthdays, and other functions. You can also avail souvenirs and snacks at their mini store.
Bahay na Bato is located at Nalvo Norte, Luna, La Union.
Entrance fee: Php 20 per head
From Bacnotan Municipality turn left to Luna town proper then straight ahead until you reach Nalvo Norte. You can ask the locals where the “Bahay na Bato’ is.
Option 1: Ride a bus to Balaoan Municipality. Then ride a tricycle to Luna. Then from Luna take another tricycle to “Bahay na Bato”.
Option 2: Take a jeepney ride from San Fernando directly to Luna via Bacnotan. Then from Luna take another tricycle to “Bahay na Bato”.