The Taoist Temple in Cebu City is beautiful. When I first moved the Philippines, I read reviews about the Taoist Temple and they were mostly negative. Those were inaccurate. If you are in Cebu City you should visit the Taoist Temple.
Taoism is practiced at the temple. One ritual is washing your hands and removing your shoes. Once inside two wooden blocks are dropped. If one or both blocks are not facing up then it is not yet time to make your wish. Instead you must return to the temple another time.
Beautiful Taoist Temple in Cebu City
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Taoist temple and I think you will like it too. The Taoist temple in Cebu City sits atop a mountain which gives a nice view of the city. The temple in Cebu City was built in 1972. It is located inside a gated community but our taxi driver had no problems entering it. The subdivision is actually called Beverly Hills. There are some nice houses on the mountain. Jessie pointed out the home of the owner of Gaisano Supermarkets.
There are two entrances to the Taoist Temple in Cebu City. One involves going up a multitude of stairs. I’ve seen that there are 81 steps and another article claimed there are 99 steps. Eight-one is likely to be more accurate as there are 81 chapters in the Taoist book. The other entrance is not used as much but you can enter without going up the stairs. I could have made it up the stairs but it might have taken me a month to do it. The entrance I took is intended for those with disabilities.
The temple itself is meticulously landscaped and is well maintained. It is an actual temple and a place of worship. Thus, they have some rules that you must follow. Pictures are not allowed in certain places. You are expected to be reserved and to not speak too loudly. If you wish to enter the temple, you should not wear shorts. You can see inside the temples as they all are enclosed in glass.
My favorite part of the Taoist Temple are the dragons. There are other creatures depicted that I enjoyed as well. We didn’t see any monks while we were there. The signs around the temple refer to them as saints. Well, if we did see the saints, it was not obvious. I did hear a few chants.
There are many sculptures around the grounds. Often on the roof of the buildings. There was a bird or perhaps a rooster. I noticed both this rooster and one of the dragons had an outstretched open claw. I would love to know the significance of that. There was also a large sculptured dog at the entrance of the temple on the upper level. There was also a nice sculpture of a fishermen fishing with live golden fish in the pool. There are pictures of most of these items in the gallery.
Photo Gallery of The Taoist Temple in Cebu City
There is not a great deal of information available about the Taoist Temple in Cebu. For that reason it might be a good idea to hire a quality tour operator. They may be able to provide more details about the facility. The temple is beautiful though and worth a visit. I recommend that you rent a taxi for both your trip there and have them wait for your return trip. Since the temple is within a a gated community there will be no public transpiration. I rented a taxi to take us to several locations for P2000 which I think was about P500 too much.
For a list of other things to see in Cebu follow this link. I have been to most of those places but not all of them.
Our next destination was to The Tops which can provide a nice view of Cebu City. My next article will likely be about the mountain top facility known as Tops or The Tops. We visited several of the places to see in Cebu City on this trip but the Taoist Temple was my favorite new place to see during this visit.
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