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Taoist Temple, Cebu City: 11 reviews and 37 photos

Taoist Temple was the first spot that we visited on our first day.

Built in 1972, the Cebu Taoist Temple is located in Beverly Hills Subdivision in Cebu City, Philippines. The temple was built by Cebu's substantial Chinese community. With an elevation of 300 meters above sea level, the temple is a towering, multi-tiered, multi-hued attraction accessible by three separate winding routes.

Unlike the neighboring Phu Sian Temple, the Taoist temple is open to the worshipers and non-worshipers alike. A ritual among devotees is where one prays to the gods to grant one's wish. The ritual includes washing of hands, going inside the chapel barefoot and dropping two blocks of wood. If the blocks of wood are both face up then one could make a wish. If not then it is not yet the time for one's wish to be granted and one has to come to the temple some other time.

The temple is the center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tze. Another ritual among Taoist devotees, which is done during Wednesdays and Sundays, is the climbing of its 99 steps (representing the 99 chapters of Taoism scriptures) to light joss sticks and have their fortune read by the monks.

The entrance to the temple is a replica of the Great Wall of China. 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.

We were not able to climb the 99 steps because of the heavy rain, but still we had fun taking pictures of the temple and its well-manicured garden. And of course, we really enjoyed the view of the whole city.

There are certain rules to follow when visiting the temple, two of those (and the most important) are (1) taking pictures inside the temple is strictly prohibited, and (2) do not be noisy while touring around. If you don't want to be scolded by one of the security personnel or the temple staff, you better be following these rules. ;o)

We highly recommend Taoist Temple to everyone.

Address: Beverly Hills Subdivision, Cebu City
othercontact: Open Daily, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
Phone: 254-6503

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 22, 2011
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