CEBU TAOIST TEMPLE

Wednesday, February 04, 2015



Cebu has a lot to offer talking about tourist destination. If you are looking for a trip on a rural area but not so away from the city, Taoist Temple Cebu is the best place to visit for.  


Built in 1972, the Cebu Taoist Temple was built by Cebu's substantial Chinese community, center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Zi. The ritual amiong its devotees is climbing the 81 steps to light joss ssticks and have their fortune read by the monks.





How to Get There

The Taoist Temple is located in the wealthy Beverly Hills resedential in Lahug, about 5 km to downtown Cebu. The best way to go there is by hiring a taxi cab or  by your own vehicle. There are no regular jeepneys taking you to the taoist temple since its inside the mountainous subdivision but there is also another option, hiring a motorcycle to take you from the main road to the temple and negotiate them to take you back after visiting the temple.

I have provided here a google map. You can click in here , navigate , zoom the map or change location to specify the best way to go there wherever you are in Cebu. 




Inside The Taoist Temple

Taoist Temple is open to Taoism worshipers and non-worshipers. The entrance to the temple is a replica of the Great Wall of China.  The most notable design element of the place is the dragon. There are dragons that are painted on the ceilings. Statues of dragons from the rooftop to a giant dragon statue on one of the temple gardens. For me it's the rule of thumb visiting the Taoist Temple, a pictue with the dragon. 

The temple includes a chapel, a library, a souvenir shop and a wishing well. The spacious balconies offer a scenic view of the downtown Cebu.













Guidelines

There was no entry fee to enter the temple. I guess that's why it is popular among students for an educational trip. You should consider going there at daytime as the temple closing time is at 6 PM. When it comes to dress code, you should come with a formal wear as the place is religious and sacred. 
When it comes to picture taking, there are specific spots that its a no no like the altar or the place where they do their praying. 




If you heard about this place, compliments or negative feedbacks from friends, the best way for you is to see it yourself. The over-all experience for me is satisfactory. I enjoyed the sight of architectural design of the temple that we snap every corner with my friend. At least on that hours visiting the Taoist Temple, we forgot and escape from the busy life in the city. Hope you enjoy my post for today. Stay tuned for more upcoming posts of my city adventures.


Have you been to Taoist Temple Cebu? Let me know in the comments below also let me know if you have any questions and I will try to answer them.

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