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Must Visit – Cebu Taoist Temple

Aside from white sand beaches, Cebu also has a lot of well-known travel destinations that you can’t miss. And one of those is the Taoist Temple! And no worries, even if you’re not Chinese, you can definitely visit lol.

The Taoist Temple is located in Beverly Hills Subdivision in Lahug, Cebu. As the third and final destination of my first ever solo flight, I decided to spend it by visiting this must visit Cebu attraction. And just like my previous destination, I used a public utility vehicle as my means of transportation. After my lunch at some fast food chain near Sto. Nino Church, I rode a jeepney bound to Lahug which has a number code of 17B. You can absolutely ride any jeepney as long as it has Lahug in its signboard which you have the luxury to choose what jeepney to ride since there’s plenty of choices if you’re in Colon.

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The drop off would be the JY Square Mall in Lahug but you still need to ride a habal-habal or a motorbike and it would cost you a lot which is 100 per person considering that you can’t get inside the subdivision so you need to have to walk going up to the temple. 100 per person is not bad if it’s a taxi or a rented van since they are allowed inside the subdivision. But for those on a tight budget (this travel only costs me Php33!), I recommend that you follow what I did, given that you don’t mind walking a bit.

While riding a jeepney that is bound to Lahug, you need to ask the conductor or the driver to drop you off at the corner of Sudlon, or corner DepEd Cebu which will only cost you Php8. And from there, you will be flooded with motorbike drivers that could take you to Taoist Temple. Going there, the driver asked me for Php15 since I’m alone, but if you’re more than 1, they usually ask for just Php10 each. After that, the driver will drop you off at the entrance of the subdivision since public motorbikes are not allowed inside.

This was actually my fourth time visiting the temple so I thought going there is a no-brainer. You see, those three visits were made with some friends and we used a private vehicle. And yep, I almost got lost. Haha, so it really pays off if you look for some signboards. And you know what’s my tip for not getting lost? Always take the LEFT road and you’ll definitely arrive there.

Here are some facts and reasons why Taoist Temple is a must visit attraction in Cebu.

  • The Taoist Temple was built in 1972. It was built by Cebu’s substantial Chinese community with an elevation of 300 metres (980 ft) above sea level.
  • The entrance of the temple is a replica of the Great Wall of China.
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  • Unlike the neighboring Phu Sian Temple, Taoist Temple is open to everyone, worshippers or non-worshippers with no entrance fee.
  • The temple includes a chapel, a library, a souvenir shop and a wishing well. While the spacious balconies offer a scenic view of downtown Cebu.
  • The temple’s architecture and design is a typical modern Chinese religion architecture predominant of red and green color schemes with lots of dragons.
  • The temple is open Monday – Sunday from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

TIPS YOU NEED TO OBSERVE WHEN VISITING

  • ALWAYS OBSERVE SILENCE – Taoist Temple is a place of worships, so keep your voices down while inside.
  • NO PICTURE TAKING INSIDE THE TEMPLE AND THE ALTAR – You can take photos of the temple’s exteriors and surroundings but it is strictly prohibited to take photos of its interiors especially the altars.
  • NO SLEEVELESS OR SHORTS – Don’t wear shorts or sleeveless tops and dress if you wish to enter the temple’s altar.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Place: Cebu Taoist Temple
  • Location: Hills Subdivision in Lahug, Cebu
  • Operating Hours: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Ticket price: FREE
  • Date of the trip: December 2016

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8 Comments

  • kindlemom1 January 27, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    How gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing all of these lovely pictures with us!

    Reply
    • Vanessa January 28, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Aww, it’s my pleasure 🙂

      Reply
  • Alyssa Susanna January 28, 2017 at 3:05 am

    THIS IS SO COOL! I’m American but from Trinidad (in the Caribbean), and there are some really cool old temples in Trinidad. I kinda of wish the United States had old cultural and religious sites like these! I mean there are some but they are not nearly as cool as the ones in Europe and Asia. I need to travel to the Philippines! Asia in general. Being Indian, I must visit India at some point… 😀

    Great post! Have a fantastic weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    • Vanessa January 28, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Yeah, India is in my travel list too 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by Alyssa.

      Reply
  • Carole's Random Life January 28, 2017 at 11:47 am

    These photos are amazing. I almost have a hard time believing that such an awesome place actually exists. Thanks for sharing these!

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    • Vanessa January 28, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Yeah, me too. Plus it’s free!

      Reply
  • Lola January 30, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Wow this looks so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing your pictures and how your trip went. It’s so interesting to see architecture form other countries as it’s so different than what you see here.

    Reply
    • Vanessa January 30, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks Lola. Yeah, totally. That’s why I’m saving like a madman to see it myself hehe

      Reply

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