Balanghai Shrine

Brief History

The Balanghai Shrine is about 5 kilometers from Butuan City proper. The shrine was established to ensure the proper protection and preservation of the balanghai boats also known as Butuan Boats, declared National Cultural Treasure on March 9, 1987 by then President Corazon C. Aquino. Felix A. Luna, a resident in the area, made the establishment of the shrine possible with his donation of land in 1979.


National Museum, Butuan Branch, Libertad, Butuan City

Region XIII

Category/Type of Museum: Archaeological

The Balanghai (Butuan Boat)

To date, there are nine balanghais known to exist. Three have been excavated and conserved by the National Museum, one totally destroyed by gold panners and five are “in situ”. The prohibitive costs of conservation prevented the Museum from retrieving the other balanghais. Giving recognition to such a rare cultural heritage, one is at the site while another is on exhibit at the National Museum in Manila.

The Butuan boat is a cultural heritage that establishes Butuan’s maritime activities long before the Chinese and other Asian countries sailed the high seas. Butuan was declared an archaeological site by Executive Order No. 252 and is protected against any form of intrusion, illegal excavation or vandalism.


Location, Museum Hours & Contact No.

National Museum, Butuan Branch, Libertad, Butuan City

By jeepney from the Doongan Branch Museum and a pedicab from highway to site.

Mondays-Fridays / 9:00 am - 4:00 pm;

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays by appointment

Contact No.

ASBMD, National Museum Central Office; 527-4192

taken from the

"Guide to the NATIONAL MUSEUM Branches and Sites"

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