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Friday, November 30

Cebu Taoist Temple in Lahug

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The dragon inside the Cebu Taoist Temple. (Beverly Hills subdivision, Lahug, Cebu)

Cebu Taoist Temple in Beverly Hills, Lahug is a worship place for devotees who follow the teachings of Lao Zi, a Chinese philosopher. The temple was constructed by Chinese groups sometime in the 70’s, at an elevation of approximately 300 meters with a blueprint of the stairs copying the architecture of The Great Wall of China. During Wednesdays and Sundays, worshippers climb the 81 steps of the Taoist Temple, which represent the 81 chapters of the Taoism scriptures. As the Cebu Taoist Temple is a bit far from the other touristy places like Magellan’s Cross and the Basilica del Sto. Nino, I suggest it to be part of a side trip. Yet it’s one of the best beautiful temples I visited in the country so far.

Chinese calligraphy inside the Taoist Temple, Cebu.
 Part 1 of Cebu Food & Temple

Cebu landscape from the Taoist temple.
This wonderful temple in Cebu is not part of my Cebu Heritage Walk Tour simply because the distance from Colon Obelisk to Taoist Temple is like 20 minutes away. If you plan to pack all the structural tourist landmarks in Cebu in one day, I don’t know if that would be possible because Cebu Taoist Temple is only open from 8 AM to 5 PM. You have to be there by 4 PM so you get one hour left to tour inside just before it closes. Remember, touring the different landmarks from Casa Gorordo Museum to Fort San Pedro is an exhaustive one and dissipates much of time and energy (not unless you hire a cab for the whole tour) and you wouldn’t want to look like haggard in your pictures of the temple. And mind you, this Taoist Temple in Cebu is one of the most beautiful temples I have been to in the country.
And so from the area of Magellan’s Cross we walk a bit to Legaspi Street (near the Cebu Cathedral) and rode a jeepney with the code 4H bound to Lahug. I think any jeepney with sign going to “Lahug” will pass by the side of JY Square, a mini mart or a mini mall where you can drop off and hail a taxi going inside the Cebu Taoist Temple in Beverly Hills subdivision. I wasn’t familiar with JY Square so I informed the kundoktor to drop me off there. I do not remember anymore but I think the fare is P8-ish. The marker though I recalled when I was there: Jollibee. There is a Jollibee restaurant near the Square.

On our way to main temple building of Taoist Temple in Cebu.
Cebu Taoist Temple tower
 I do not recommend you hiring a habal-habal (or motorcycle) to Cebu Taoist Temple simply because habal-habal vehicles are not allowed inside the subdivision. If somebody offered you a back-and-forth tour to the temple and it’s a habal-habal driver, DO NOT entertain. You have to read this important notice from Penfires with regards to this.

Taxi fare to the temple is P50-ish. The driver shall bring you to the entrance of the temple, not the entrance of the subdivision, or else you’ll walk a rough estimate of 2000 meters (enough of the walk tour haha!). As we arrived at the entrance, I was overwhelmed that this kind of temple actually exists here—it’s a delight to know about its architecture.

There is no entrance fee but you have to be behaved once you’re inside. You can take photos outside of the worship place because taking pictures of their gods is strictly prohibited (even just the front of the building is not allowed). Anyway, you don’t have to be sad because there are still la lot more iconic figures and towers that you can have as your backdrop.

Touring around the vicinity of this Taoist Temple in Lahug, Cebu will only take about 45 minutes to one hour, which already includes time for picture taking. There is nothing much you can do there, aside from trying your luck to get answers out of your wishes using the moon-shaped wooden blocks.
Taoist Temple (Cebu, Philippines)
 What I remember when I went there is this scenic landscape of Cebu at this part of the hill. From a far there you can see high rise buildings (I guess it’s the IT Park) and of course the sea.

We toured around the temple for one hour (there were tourists when we visited the place). After that, we went out of the temple and hired another taxi to get us back to JY Square and from there we rode a jeepney with code 4L going to SM City Cebu. This Taoist Temple in Lahug, Cebu was actually our last stop tourist destination for our Cebu trip and we visited it on or our last day. After that we headed for this famous Cebu Lechon at CNT Lechon and directed to Taboan Market and Shamrock to buy pasalubong. By the way this specific travel series is not arranged according to time. I just compiled my food trip and the temple in one long series.

Cebu Food & Temple Travel Series:
Part 1: Cebu Taoist Temple in Lahug
The Travex Travels Guide: Cebu SuggestedItineraries and List of Expenses

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