Hungduan's claim to fame is that it was Japanese General Yamashita's last hideout when World War II ended. Yamashita's treasure, millions of dollars in gold, jewels, and silver that his forces looted from all over Southeast Asia are rumored to be buried there.
Here's a GPS track of the road from Banaue to Hungduan. Notice that it descends from Banaue, the highest point in the region at about 1300 meters above sea level, to a low point of around 700 meters in Hungduan. It has a small downtown area but does have a guesthouse or perhaps you could arrange for a homestay in someone's house if you wish to linger in the area.
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Japanese General Yamashita's forces retreated as far as Hungduan in 1945. Local folklore says that he had with him billions of dollars worth of
gold and jewels and buried them there before returning to Kiangan for the surrender ceremony. So there is a lot of excavating activity going on in the Hungduan area with frequent deaths due to inadequate tunnel supports. There are many myths and rumors about Yamashita's gold but it has not yet been found, if it indeed exists. Imelda Marcos, to claim that her family's sudden great wealth was not due to corruption, said that her husband discovered
Here are some views of Hungduan:
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Hapao viewpoint in the photo on the left (Hapao is a barrio of Hungduan Municipality and is about halfway between downtown Banaue and Hungduan proper). The Spiderweb Terraces on the right.
This is a view of the river that divides Banaue Municipality, on the right, with Hungduan, on the left side of the river. The photo was taken from a mountain road above the bridge so that you can appreciate the dramatic changes in altitude and road conditions going to Hungduan. After your vehicle crosses that bridge going to the west you will enter Hapao, the first barrio of Hungduan Town.
Batad is the primary outlying destinaton for most visitors. Because of recent road improvements you no longer have to stay overnight in Batad. You can instead leave early from Banaue for Batad, walk the terraces and see Tappiah Falls, then return to your lodging in Banaue.
Learn more about Batad.
Most Malay languages give stress to the second syllable so Banaue is pronounced "Bah NOW way". Similarly Batad is "Bah TAHD"; Hungduan is "Hung DEW an"; Mayoyao is "Mah YO ya oh".
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Inns and Lodges:
(All are in Banaue proper and easily accessible)
Spring Village Inn
There is no shortage of lodging in the Banaue area; the above list shows those featured on our website and which have their own pages here. But other options are available:
Randy's Brookside Inn,
Bogah Home Stay,
Lhorens Inn and Restaurant,
Trekkers Lodge and Cafe,
Cristina's Main Village Inn and Restaurant
Koreen guest house,
Pink Banaue Hostel,
Banaue Evergreen Hostel and Restaurant,
7th heaven Cafe & lodge,
Cambulo Country Cabin (in Cambulo),
(In Banaue proper and easily accessible)
Banaue Hotel / Youth Hostel
(6km from Banaue proper, on a good road)
Banaue Ethnic Village & Pine Forest Resort
Thatched Roof Lodging:
(All are in outlying areas)
In Batad, nice option!
Native House Viewdeck
4 km from downtown Banaue, nice park but poor lodging options
Native Village Inn
9 km from downtown, NOT RECOMMENDED, owned by a foreigner with a nasty attitude
General Information Pages:
What To See And Do
How To Get Here
Cordillera Sculpture Museum
Travel By Ferry
Jappan's Tours offers an all-inclusive package that allows you to see Banaue, Batad, Bontoc, and Sagada in a well-organized 3-day tour.
Learn more about Jappan's Tours.
MAP OF BANAUE PROPER
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MAP OF CORDILLERA REGION
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The Department of Tourism oversees the tour industry and accredits lodges and guides.
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