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Taoist Temple, Cebu, Philippines
One of the most beautiful spots of "Cebu" ....
Up on the hill in which u can take amazing pictures of the Temple and also looking down from temple to Cebu City nice photos to take ... As its not so crowded w tourists, nice spot to enjoy ...
I recommend to take a cab from city to temple and as u reach there, just tell the driver to wait for u for half hour, couse at that place its hard to find a cab back to city .... Just for another "100-200p" the driver will wait for u at the little car park at the lower entrance of the temple.
Here on my "Travelogue" you can see more photos of this great architecture .. :
The most best photos are to be shot just in the temple but as its strictly forbidden, just surroundings and other parts of the temple are to be picture shoot ... As it will be too hot, either try to go early in the morning and / or late afternoon as about 4pm for ur convenience ...
As said, one of the most "must see" places of Cebu ... :)
- Historical Travel
The Taoist Temple of Cebu City
first of all, a tip: in china, buddhist temples are usually located at low lying and flat level areas like near the sea or at the foot of the mountains, while Taoist (daoist) Temples ae located at elevated areas like in the mountains and hills. That is why you will see that the Taoist Temple here in cebu city is located on a hilly portion instead of a flat land portion.
most chinese are polytheist and they follow 2 to 3 religions at once like buddhism, taoism (founded by lao tze) and ancestor woship. (confucianism is not a religion but a priniple). And Cebu city has a large and vibrant Chinese and Filipino Chinese Community (who are polythiest as well as they follow Roman Catholicism and other Chtistian Sects plus Taoism and ancestor worship). The Chinese Community here founded the Taoist Temple in 1972 and the temple is open to both believers and non believers alike. there is a steep 81 step staicase going to the temple and the temple also has replicas of the great wall of china and a souvenir shop. the temple also has panoramic views of the Cebu City Skyline.
It is located in the Beverly Hills Portion of Cebu City, 950 feet above sea level and a 15 minute drive from downtown cebu city without traffic.
admission is free and is open everyday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Religious Travel
Feel Zen or die trying at Taoist Temple
The Taoist temple in Cebu is one of my favorite spot. For one, there are not too many tourist in here, it's quiet, and the sight is amazing. This is the place that I look forward the most and when we got there I was not disappointed with what I saw.
The prayer temples are gorgeous though they forbid you to take pictures inside them. The whole place looks like China complete with dragons and the great wall. My only advice is that you visit this place a little earlier than 5pm because I think they close at 6pm. We went there around 4pm or something and half way through our visit, employees were constantly reminding us that they'll be closing the temple and no picture taking. But that didn't stop me right? hahaha!
- Religious Travel
A Taoist Temple in Beverly Hills
Located at the Beverly Hills Subdivision in Cebu is a Taoist Temple. It is situated 300 meters above sea level and thus offers also a grand view of Cebu City. The temple is adorned by several structures of Chinese architecture (of course). There are 99 steps on the stairs leading to the temple and climbing it is part of a ritual being done by devotees of the temple. I never counted the steps though...
Cebu - Taoist Temple Climbing
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.
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This is absolutely beautiful to see, alot of color and good photo opportunity here. I recommend taking a taxi there and have him wait (you wont be long) your meter may run up maybe an extra 100 pesos or so ($2) take your photos and move on. Nice place though. Photos to follow...
- Arts and Culture
Taoist Temple in Cebu City
I have spent at least an hour of stay in this temple. You need to go up 81 steps to the top of the temple. Let me tell you that there is an excellent view of the city of Cebu on top of the hill.
The temple has the teachings of a Chinese Taoist philosopher, Lao-Tse preserved. People lit up joss sticks and do their self-contemplation. When you go up the steps, take it easy especially on hot and humid weather. It was raining for a while when I went up, so I was relieved of the heat and had no problem.
- Arts and Culture
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Going to this temple you will pass by some opulent mansions of Beverly Hills, home to the city's rich and famous. The Chinese community of Cebu built this beautiful temple on a mountain overlooking the city.
At the temple, a visitor may try his luck with fate by throwing a pair of
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We visited the Taoist Temple and was shown around by a mute person. We got to ask questions to their gods using liver-shaped pieces of wood. You could ask three questions, if both pieces face up, it is a yes, if one is facing down its a maybe and if both are facing down, its a no.
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