In 1972 the local Chinese community built this large, colorful Philippine Taoist Temple in Cebu City. Both worshippers and non-worshippers can enter the temple free of charge. Every child in the city makes a field trip here sometime during grade school. Many believers seek guidance on life choices here through various rituals or from the monks of the temple. .Whether a believer or not, you find this a clean, quiet place for meditation. You can take pictures of the exterior, but signs prohibit taking photos inside, and security guards do enforce this regulation.
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The Cebu Taoist Temple was built in 1972 by the Cebu’s substantial Chinese community. This temple is composed of two different temples: one is the Phu Sian Temple, built by another Chinese community, which is not open to the public; another is the main temple which is 270 meters above sea level.
The latter is the only temple open to worshippers and non-worshippers. Entrance to the temple is a replica of the Great Wall of China. The temple includes a chapel, library, souvenir shop, and a wishing well. It also has a spacious balcony that has an access to the scenic of the city.
The Taoist Temple is the center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Zi. In the temple, devotees perform rituals. One ritual is where one prays to the gods to grant one’s wish. This kind of ritual includes washing hands, going inside the chapel barefoot and dropping two blocks of wood. If the blocks of wood are both face up upon reaching the floor, it means one can make a wish. If not, it means it is not yet time for one’s wish to be granted and needs to come back again to the temple some other time.
Another ritual among the devotees is the climbing of its 181 steps, which represents the 81 chapters of Taoism scriptures, and lighting joss sticks and having their fortune be read by the monks. This kind of ritual is done during Wednesdays and Sundays.
A really beautiful temple overlooking the city, featuring a shop selling various things (Including water), clean restrooms, a few nice building and two areas to get a break and some shade.
After a hot day, it was really a nice spot to rest and admire the city.
If you are on the way to the temple of Leah, it's worth the detour.
The temple itself is very similar to many taoist temple in South East Asia. A bit confused how it is listed as a tourist attraction here in Cebu. But the same can be said for all the rest of 'attractions' in Cebu. Mostly hyped up and only worth 10 minutes visit each. #wintergetaway
Cebu is the Best! Really the best. From beaches to Churches. To tourist attractions and destinations. You must visit Cebu and experience Beauty! ❣