La Union is not only about beaches and surfing; it’s also rich in culture and arts. If you’re an art lover and looking for something unique in Elyu, try visiting Bahay na Bato.
Perched in Luna, La Union, this extraordinary destination was initially designed in 2000 as a serene retreat for Dr. Edison and Dr. Purita Chan-Noble. What sets it apart is the remarkable craftsmanship of Korean stone and wood sculptor Bong Kim.
The house predominantly comprises stones and corals harvested from the nearby beach, aptly earning the name “Bahay na Bato,” which translates to “house of stone” in English.
Spread across a vast 3-hectare property, Bahay na Bato seamlessly merges the natural beauty of the beach with the human touch of artistry.
As you step through the entrance of Bahay na Bato, you’ll be welcomed by a charming painted pebble pavement that paves the way for your artistic journey. This captivating space continues to surprise with a plethora of stone sculptures, each with its own unique story to tell.
For instance, you’ll come across a delightful family of frogs striking a selfie pose and an imaginative snail, complete with a Century Tuna can for a shell.
These whimsical sculptures add a touch of playfulness to the environment, making your visit a memorable and delightful experience.
A Journey Through Time
The house is more than just an art gallery; it’s a portal to the past. As you explore the gallery, you’ll discover a treasure trove of intriguing surprises.
At the entrance of one of its museums, you’ll encounter a magnificent dragon crafted from stems and twigs, a testament to the artistic ingenuity that thrives here.
The surprises don’t stop there – within the gallery, you’ll find painting canvases adorned with painted pebbles, an innovative fusion of nature and art.
Furthermore, Bahay na Bato showcases a fascinating glimpse into history. Antique woodworking, farming, fishing, and carpentry tools are on display, making you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. It’s a unique opportunity to connect with the heritage of the region.
An Art Lover’s Paradise
For art enthusiasts, Bahay na Bato is a treasure trove of creative masterpieces.
Among the captivating exhibits, you’ll find modern sculptures that transcend time and imagination. Davy Jones from “Pirates of the Caribbean” is brought to life through expert craftsmanship.
One particularly striking art piece showcases a man and a woman, their intertwined hands forming a captivating face – an artistic representation of unity and shared emotions.
The Perfect Pandemic Retreat
Bahay na Bato gained popularity during the pandemic for a good reason. Its vast, open spaces provide a safe haven for visitors. This open-air environment not only offers fresh air and ample room for social distancing but also creates a picturesque backdrop for family photos with numerous sculptures strewn across the property.
The Kamay Na Bato Art Gallery welcomes visitors daily from 7 AM to 6 PM and the admission fee is Php 50 per person,
Unwind in Style
For those seeking an unforgettable stay, consider booking one of their four charming bungalows through Airbnb. These well-appointed bungalows offer the comfort of private bathrooms and the enchantment of staying in a unique cultural setting. Rates for these accommodations begin at PHP 3,500 per night.
To reach Bahay na Bato, make your way to Luna, La Union. You can take a bus ride to Vigan, Abra, or Laoag, and simply get off at Balaoan, La Union. From there, a brief 10 to 15-minute tricycle ride will whisk you away to the captivating world of Bahay na Bato.
For those with their own car or motorcycle, there is ample parking available right on-site.