When thinking about city landmarks, most of us will imagine a castle, tower, church or monument but certainly not a 50 meter high rubbish dump. The Philippines capital Manila might just have the stinkiest and weirdest landmark in the world: Smokey Mountain.
As the name already implies, we’re talking about a smoking mountain. A smoking rubbish mountain to be exact. Back in 1980 around 20.000 people lived on and from this garbage dump until the government cleared the slum area in 1995. Families were banished, “houses” demolished and the removal of “Smokey Mountain” could begin. New buildings were built, yet it was unable to live there due to the gas.
We visited the Philippines in 2008 and wanted to see this gigantic garbage dump ourselves. Here are some impressions: