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The City of Vigan is the capital of the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. The city is located on the
western coast of the large island of Luzon, facing the South China Sea. According to the 2010
Philippines census, it has a population of 49,747 people.
It showcases the Spanish heritage of the country. It is one of the few Hispanic towns left in the
Philippines where its structures remained intact, and is well known for its cobblestone streets, and
oriental building designs with colonial European architecture.

History
Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and Spain, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia. In 1999 Vigan City was listed by UNESCO as the best preserved example of Spanish colonial towns in Asia.
Location
Vigan City is only 408 km away from Manila, 88 kilometers away from Laoag City, and 139 km away from San Fernando, La Union, the regional capital.