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Monday, June 7, 2010

Taoist Temple, Lahug Cebu City

The Taoist Temple of Cebu City is located within the wealthy suburb of Beverly Hills Lahug. Built in 1972 by Cebu’s Chinese community, it is considered as one of the oldest temples in Cebu. Though the temple was built as a center of worship for Taoism, it is open to the general public including non-Taoist worshipers. We went there last Saturday after our short but educational ‘trip’ to the Latter Day Saints’ new Temple in Lahug.The Taoist temple has a lot of stairs so I was panting hard and soaking with sweat when I reached their prayer room, LOL. These stairs are actually used by Taoist devotees during their weekly ritual of climbing up the stairs while lighting joss sticks and then letting the monks read their fortune. In fact, at the gates of the temple you can see a sign that suggests visitors to meditate with every step while climbing up the stairs.

Just like any other Chinese temples around the world, the Taoist temple of Cebu is a great place for relaxation and meditation. The temple itself is like a garden with lush greens and beautiful landscapes. They also have a mini fish pond with a statue of a Chinese old man fishing.

Below is a picture of their prayer room. I only took a picture on the outside coz picture taking is naturally not allowed inside any prayer room. They actually have two prayer rooms this big, one of which is at the highest point of the temple.

They also have a lot of structures similar to that of Christianity’s grotto spread across the whole area of the Temple wherein devotees can light joss sticks and place some offerings in its altar.

There’s also a mini tower beside the prayer room which I thought is pretty cool though I don’t really know what it's a replica of, hehehe!

And of course, a Chinese temple wouldn’t be complete without its dragons :)

There are a lot of dragon statues all over the temple grounds and buildings but my favorite is the giant dragon by the replica of Great Wall of China. It’s so cool!

I’m not Chinese and I haven't seen a live dragon yet but I do believe they exist. I think they existed a long time ago in China and perhaps just gone extinct. What do you think? :)

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me said...

ummm.... i thought they prohibit people from taking pictures...

veroniz said...

@me, it's allowed actually except inside their prayer room :)

nightblastz said...

Nice pics you have here..

Jepoi said...

Sana'y mapaganda pa ang Metro Cebu. The last time I was there, I was disappointed... too many informal settlers... a little dirty lalo na Mactan and Mandaue. :(

veroniz said...

@jepoi, perhaps you've gone to the wrong places ^_^. Cebu still has a lot of nice and clean places to tour about. it's also actually blooming with more and more infrastructures for tourists and locales alike. Ceboom kung baga :)

Traveliztera said...

Wow! They have this in Cebu!? Wow... Dad just went to Cebu earlier this day! I'll let him know bout this :D

Mhar's Display said...

We did not get the chance to visit some tourist spots including Taoist Temple when we were in Cebu last year. Hopefully in our next vacation, we can visit the place.


Maniniyot said...

Nice. Sana nagsabay na lang pala tayong pumunta ng Taoist!:D Hehe.

bubuwit said...

namiss ko bigla ang dating lungga sa Cebu!

manik_reigun said...

ive been to the temple, and i want to go back asap!i feel like a shaolin!hehe

tndcallphilippines said...

beautiful place. I love temples. :) There are some Taoist temples in Manila but none like this... I wonder how big the Taoist population is in Cebu?

veroniz said...

@tndcallphilippines, I'm not sure kung ilan silang Taoist but what I know is that there are a lot of Chinese here in Cebu, especially in Colon street. Most businesses there are owned by Chinese.

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