The Cebu Taoist Temple was our first destination on our first day in Cebu. Kuya Macky, our driver/tour guide, already informed us beforehand of our itinerary and he said that it's better that we visit the Taoist Temple first so we could really enjoy the morning breeze.
I knew he meant something when he said that when I saw that we had to go up these steps to the temple, LOL! No choice but to force my heavy butt to get moving unless I want the boys to leave me at the parking area.
Here's what I saw when I finally reached the top. I bet they had a lot of time doing their Kung Fu moves while waiting for me.
Built in 1972 in the exclusive Beverly Hills Subdivision of Cebu City, the Cebu Taoist Temple stands majestic at 300 meters above sea level. Kuya Macky said that there are a lot of prominent Chinese Cebuanos living in Beverly Hills, thus the construction of the temple.
There's no entrance fee and the temple is open to both worshipers and non-worshipers of the Taoist faith. However, guests are requested to dress properly because it is a place of worship. Unnecessary noise is also prohibited.
We went to the main chapel which is where this flight of stairs is leading to. I just had to rest a bit and catch my breath, hahaha! Picture taking is prohibited in that area so I wasn't able to shoot photos. Again, even non-worshipers can go inside the chapel and make a wish or ask a question to the Taoist gods by dropping two blocks of wood.
We still had a lot of places to visit in Cebu and this was just our first stop so we didn't bother to stay long. We just rested a bit and took souvenir photos of this beautiful and peaceful place.
I would have stayed a bit longer if only we had more time. The place is really good for meditative thinking or to just relax the mind and breathe fresh air among the dragons.
Oh yes, dragons. And there are lots of it in Cebu Taoist Temple. You could see dragon statues on the roofs and even on the garden which made Rap happily transform into cam-whore mode. He's born on the Year of the Dragon, that's why.
Next stop, the Heritage of Cebu Monument.
Cebu Taoist Temple is located in Beverly Hills Subdivision, Lahug, Cebu City. Since it is a residential subdivision, you can easily ride a taxi cab going to the place. If you are on a tight budget, I suggest that you take a jeepney from downtown Cebu City to Lahug then take a cab from there. No tricycles or pedicabs can go inside Beverly Hills because it is an exclusive subdivision. Of course, the easiest way to get to Cebu Taoist Temple is by private car or, in our case, renting a tour guide for the day.
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