Baguio: Tam-awan Village – Get a Glimpse of Cordillera Life in Baguio
A reconstructed Cordillera village is found in Barangay Pinsao, four kilometers from Baguio City center. It is an open-air museum where traditional huts are displayed, complete with cultural information. It also showcased the tribal arts by well-known Cordillera artists.
It is opened in 1998 by Chanum Foundation, to show a model village accessible to the public especially those who are unable to go to the more mountainous parts of Cordillera. Most of the huts were transported from Ifugao and Kalinga, and some are reconstructed using traditional materials and methods.
The traditional huts are named after their places of origin. The Bangaan Hut, Anaba Hut, Batad Hut, Dukligan Hut, Kinakin Hut and Nagor Hut are from Ifugao province. Meanwhile, the Luccong and Bugnay huts came from Kalinga. You can also lodge in one of those huts to experience the traditional lifestyle. On the other hand, the Bugnay serves as the village’s artwork gallery.
To be able to visit the entire village, you have to trek upwards. At the peak are two viewing decks where you can see the West Philippine Sea on a clear day. It is the reason why it’s called Tam-awan, it came from the local word meaning a place from where one can view things far away (tanawan in Tagalog). On foggy days, you can feel the cool Cordilleran atmosphere.
Despite being small which you walk around the entire site for two hours, but the information, arts and cultural themes it contains are enough to have a peek and be immersed on the lifestyle of our compatriots in Cordillera.
This is supposed to be the Garden in the Sky, being the tagline of Tam-awan village. But a strong typhoon made significant damage to the site and some of the huts, and we wondered where some of them went. Until now, rehabilitation is still ongoing to some of the traditional huts.
- The best time to visit is during a clear day to fully enjoy the view
- Avoid visiting during rainy weather for most of the trail are dirt soil
- Climbs are steep, those who are a bit older are warned
- Toilets have usage fee – PhP5
- Buy goods crafted by the tribes at the souvenir shops as part of their support
- Adult PhP50
- Senior PhP30
- Children PhP20
* Meals (Reservation Required)
- 1 Person P 500.00
- 2 Persons P 1,000.00
- Extra Person (add) P 300.00 each
- Group (10 persons or more) PPhP 350.00 each
- 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Riding a taxi is more economical (especially when traveling as four), faster and accessible. Most of the tourist spots in Baguio can be reached by taxi.
- Address: 366-C Pinsao Proper, Baguio City
- Telephone: (074) 446-2949
- Cellphone: 0917-510-8196 | 0921-588-3131
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.tam-awanvillage.com/