Japanese Tunnel at Ligñon Hill

Japanese Soldier Statue at Ligñon Hill

Japanese Soldier Statue at Ligñon Hill

I was happy that the view of Mayon Volcano from Ligñon Hill was relatively unobscured. The sky was clear for the most part except for the persistent clouds around the peak of the volcano. I spent some time trying to wait out the clouds but they keep getting replaced by others. I spent sime time cooling off at the visitor center where there were seats. I was glad that it was free to use and that there weren’t a lot of people here at the time. Maybe in the afternoon there will be more people here but in the meantime, it was just me and the volcano. I guess you can’t really describe the experience of just sitting on a chair and admiring what is one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world.

Japanese Tunnel at Ligñon Hill

Japanese Tunnel at Ligñon Hill

I came to my mind that I needed to head down soon. The sun wasn’t getting any lower and it was getting even hotter. I should make my way down the hill before it gets any hotter. On the way down, near the entrance, I noticed that there was a creepy looking statue standing guard at what looks like a tiny cave. It was a a tunnel. The statue is actually a statue of a Japanese soldier. In World War II, the Japanese created this tunnel to hide from the Allied forces. The tunnel is said to be only 50 feet in length. The height of the tunnel makes it obvious that it is meant to be crawled through. I didn’t dare go in the tunnel and it seemed to be really small. There is a sign which says to call the staff if you wanted to see more of the tunnel, I didn’t really bother since the statue of the soldier was creeping me out.

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