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Hanging Coffins in Sagada

Photo credit: Aldrin J. Garces
Hanging Coffins in Sagada
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Hanging coffins on a cliff is a tradition that is still practiced in this region of the Philippines

Hanging coffins are places on cliffs and can be found in several Asian countries such as China, Indonesia and the Philippines. Some of the most famous hanging coffins can be found in Sagada, in the Philippines. It is a traditional way of putting people to rest after their deaths in the area and the method is still used to date. However, not everyone is qualified to be in these coffins. For example, a requirement is that the person had to have been married and had at least one grandchild. The tradition of hanging coffins has existed for more than two millennia.


The reason bodies are places so high up is to move them closer to their ancestral spirits. Another reason is to maintain the bodies safe from quickly rotting.

How to get there

From Manila, one can head to Baguio on a bus for 400 pesos and from Baquio to Sagada for 250 pesos.