Temple of Leah – The Taj Mahal of Cebu

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Temple of Leah is located in Landon Heights Roosevelt, Busay, Cebu City, Philippines.

The Temple of Leah is one of the must-visit attractions in Cebu. It is Cebu’s version of the “Taj Mahal” in India, which was built to show a husband’s undying love for his wife.

Temple of Leah: All you need to know

Is the Temple of Leah related to Ellen Adarna?

This beautiful Roman-inspired architectural shrine built on top of the hill was built by Teodorico Soriano Adarna as a gesture of love for his late wife Leah Albino-Adarna. They were married for more than 5 decades, 53 years to be exact. They are the grandparents of Filipina actress Ellen Adarna. Their family is the well-known owner of the motel chain Queensland in Cebu. Teodorico reportedly spent 80 million pesos to put up this temple applying an architectural design that can withstand time. His purpose is to make this temple a landmark in Cebu, where future generations of the Adarna clan …can come and trace their roots and heritage.

Aside from its stunning architectural style, what attracts tourists is its amazing overlooking view of Cebu City. This 7-story mansion has an art gallery, museum, and library where all of the favorite things her wife owned are placed. When you enter the entrance of the temple, there are two large golden statues of lions standing on both sides of the main stairs leading into the temple. Roman gladiators and a bunch of life-sized statues of angels adorn the corners and different parts of the building. 

When you walk towards the lobby there is a brass 10-foot statue of Leah. The commemorative plaque on the base of the statue reads:

“Beloved Wife and Mother: Leah V. Albino-Adarna was chosen Matron Queen of her Alma Mater the University of Southern Philippines. This bronze statue portrays her composure and regal bearing when she was crowned. May the beholder discern her innate beauty, poise, and gentleness.”

Temple of Leah Entrance Fee and Other Information:

  • Visiting hours: 7 AM to 6 PM daily
  • Entrance fee: ₱100 per person (10 years old and below are free)
  • Parking fee: ₱100 if inside the premises; free if outside but limited slots only
  • Other fees: ₱2,500 for professional photography for events
  • Contact number: (032) 233-5032

How to go to the Temple of Leah in Cebu?

To get to the Temple of Leah, first, you need to a plane from NAIA Airport Manila to Mactan-Cebu Airport.  Click here to find the best flight deals to Cebu City with 12Go Asia.

BY JEEPNEY: The cheapest way to get here is via public transport. From Airport, ride a bus going to SM Cebu City. The fare is around P300. Then take a 04D, 04I, or 04H (Lahug-Busay) jeepney from downtown Cebu City, the fare is less than P20 per person; get off at the street to Temple Leah, and walk for 5 minutes to the site.
BY HABAL-HABAL: Ride a motorbike (max of 2 persons per bike), near or surrounding JY Square Mall in Lahug. It would cost only P100 per head per way – ₱150 for 2 people. You may need to pay more and schedule ahead if you want a ride back from the city. Habal-habal drivers are also offering a tour of the Temple of Leah and other 2 tourist spots in the area for P600 each. Excluding entrance fee.
BY TAXI/GRAB: Max of 4 persons only per car. Some drivers might be okay with it, some are not. Some might ask for more, so be understanding and negotiate well since the road is a bit steep. The estimated cost is P200-250 per way from the city (Ayala Center).
BY PRIVATE 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
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Temple of Leah Expenses:
DIY Expenses excluding food and airfare.

Taxi from the Airport to SM Cebu City – ₱ 300 / ₱600 round trip
Bus 04H to the street near the Temple of Leah – ₱20 / ₱40 round trip
Entrance Fee – ₱100

TOTAL EXPENSES = ₱740
Private Cebu & Mactan Twin City Tour – ₱1,0155 including transportation to other tourist spots

or

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

The best time to go here is during weekdays. It’s one of the most popular and most visited tourist spots in Cebu so expect a crowd during weekends and holidays. 

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