Taoist Temple is one of the most visited religious sites in Cebu, Philippines. It was built on a hillside 300 meters above sea level by the Chinese community residing in the City in 1972. It is not a tourism destination, but it became popular even with non-believers due to its structure which reflects its Chinese influences
Taoist Temple Cebu
The Taoist Temple is the center of worship for Taoism. This religion follows the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Zi. Devotees are performing rituals here. One ritual is where they pray and drop two blocks of wood to see if their god has granted their wish. If the two blocks are both facing up upon reaching the floor, it means one can make a wish. If not, it means it is not yet time for it to be granted and needs to come back again to the temple to perform the same ritual.
At the entrance of the Taoist Temple is a replica or mini version of the Great Wall of China. Next is the long and steep stairs with 81 steps going up to the main area. The 81 steps are actually significant because it was based upon the 81 chapters of the Taoism scriptures. The temple consists of a chapel with a pagoda-style roof, a souvenir shop, a library, a fountain, a garden, and a wishing well.
How much is the entrance fee to the Taoist temple?
Entrance fee: FREE
- Open: 9 AM-5 PM daily
- Sleeveless shirts, shorts, and short skirts are not allowed.
- Photographs are not allowed inside prayer rooms and temples.
- Be respectful
- Observe silence when visiting the temple
How to get to Taoist Temple?
The Cebu Taoist Temple is located in a private subdivision, the Beverly Hills Subdivision, in Lahug, Cebu City.
|By motorbike or habal-habal: From JY Square Mall, you can hire a habal-habal to drive you to the temple. The fare is around P100. Motorcycles are allowed up until the gate of the subdivision only, so you still need to walk to the gate of the temple (around 15 minutes of walking).|
|By private car or taxi: Since the place is located within the city, getting there by taxi or private car is the most convenient way. Just set the address on Waze to “Cebu Taoist Temple”. Taxi fare estimates is at P130-P150 if you’re within Cebu City already.|
|By jeepney: From Cebu City, ride a jeep with the route code 04L. Ask the driver to drop you off on the road on the way to Taoist Temple. Afterward, you can ride a habal-habal (local term of a motorcycle for hire)|
You can also join a guided tour. This is the best option if you want to have peace of mind and not worry about your way back home. You can book through Klook using this link – Private Cebu & Mactan Twin City Tour
|DIY Expenses excluding food and airfare.|
Taxi from the Airport to SM Cebu City – ₱ 300 / ₱600 round trip
Bus 04L to the nearest street to Taoist Temple – ₱25 / ₱50 round trip
Entrance Fee – 0
TOTAL EXPENSES = ₱650
|Private Cebu & Mactan Twin City Tour – ₱1,0155 including transportation to other tourist spots|
Rent a private Car
Sedan (Group of 1-3) ₱ 3,800
SUV (Group of 4-5) ₱ 4,100
Van (Group of 6-10) ₱ 4,800
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