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House of Pacific Relations International Cottages

Neighbourhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 2125 Park Blvd, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-4753
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+1 619-291-0661

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" Great Educational and Entertaining Visit "

My wife and I went to the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages today, and had a great time. We spent the early afternoon walking around and visiting all of the... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2016
El Cajon, California
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 14 December 2016

This little community circle of small cottages from the 1915 World Exposition still draws visitors today. Countries represented from all over: China, Germany, France, the U.S., Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Iran...on and on. Every weekend (Sunday at 2) a different country gets to take the central stage area for a presentation (usually song & dance). Look on the Balboa Park app... More 

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El Cajon, California
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Reviewed 24 April 2016

My wife and I went to the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages today, and had a great time. We spent the early afternoon walking around and visiting all of the "Houses " from all kinds of different international countries. At 2:00pm to 3:00pm we enjoyed a wonderful concert put on by the House of Italy at 2294 Pan American... More 

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Pasadena, California
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Reviewed 16 February 2016

The idea is quite charming and the snack options are quite welcome. However, they could do so much more to educate the visitor.

Thank GuyFromPasadena
Tvedestrand, Norway
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Reviewed 23 January 2016

If you’re going to House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, and you should; make sure to do it in the weekend. Every weekend the different nations serve local food and play local music. I loved it here and was here twice during my 10 day visit to SD.

Thank Jan-Erik P
Calgary, Canada
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447 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2015

This is a series of cottages representing various nations within the UN. Each one focuses on a country, with a centralized gift shop. The gift shop has arts and crafts from various countries around the world at very reasonable prices. Unfortunately, the cottages are only open for 4 hours on Sundays. However, it is still a nice place to visit... More 

Thank PsychRN12
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Reviewed 28 August 2015

This is such a cool concept although we were not fortunate enough to see any of the festivals that ch country hosts. I love the unity this creates.

Thank Charles V
Murrieta, California
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Reviewed 19 January 2015

Sunday afternoons these cottages open to the public. They offer information about each country and some have coffee, tea or pastries for a donation. In the China cottage, we got our names printed beautifully in Chinese characters. We had tea and scones in England, listened to the bagpipes in Scotland and learned that 'Leg godt' means play well in Danish... More 

Thank Alexandra T
Naples, Florida
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

In Balboa park we came across this. Great place. Many countries represented. We attended on a Polish weekend. Each weekend is sponsored by a different culture/country. Each cottage is staffed by Volunteers either interested in or of that heritage. Music, dancing, food, culture and a good time with friendly people.

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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed 20 January 2013 via mobile

I live in San Diego, and have my entire life. I've been to pretty much every "sight seeing" places in this city. Not many places interest me here anymore, but this little section of Balboa Park is an exception. Not sure what it is, but I do hang out here often. Perhaps it's the fact that each little cottage represents... More 

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Reviewed 28 September 2012

Reminds me of It's a Small World at Disneyland. Every culture is depicted as a stereotype; very shallow with no depth. Not a good educational experience for that reason.

2 Thank spyyyyyke

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