December 12, 2018

Taoist Temple Cebu City, Philippines – Photo Story

Taoist Temple Cebu Dragon - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Taoist Temple Cebu made its home in Beverly Hills subdivision of Cebu City, Philippines. The substantial Chinese community in the area somehow raised the money to build this beautiful place of worship in 1972. An impressive achievement if you ask me. I greatly enjoyed countless architectural, colorful details. And thank you to everyone who keeps the place so well maintained!

With an elevation of 980 feet (300 m) above the sea level, this tourist attraction offers nice views of the downtown Cebu City from its spacious balconies.

Spacious, beautifully paved balconies of Taoist Temple Cebu - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Downtown Cebu City from Taoist Temple Beverly Hills - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Philippine Taoist Temple - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

The entrance is a replica of the Chinese Wall. There are 81 steps leading to the Temple. They represent the 81 chapters of Taoism scriptures.

Entrance to the Taoist Temple Cebu - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
81 steps leading to the Taoist Temple Cebu - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Inside the Temple, no photography is allowed, so this is the closest photo of the sacred space I was able to capture during my visit.

The last 9 steps and Temple with Altar, Taoist Temple Cebu - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

cebu taoist temple dress code and other rules

Taoist Temple is one of the must places to visit in Cebu City. However, it's good to know that certain rules apply when visiting this special place of worship. Being respectful everywhere you go and to all the people you meet, is a very nice thing. And since that is not the case, certain places enforce more specific set of rules. Here are some that apply at the Cebu Taoist Temple:

  • Dress code: No sleeveless tops and/or shorts if you want to visit the temple/shrine with the altar.
  • Inside the shrine, there is no picture taking allowed.
  • This is a place of worship so remain silent - or keep it down whenever you need to talk.
  • Admission: None/free - but donations are accepted.
  • Hours: 6 am to 6 pm.
Places to visit in Cebu: Taoist Temple - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Chinese Dragon on top of pagoda roof: Taoist Temple Cebu - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

A walk through Beverly Hills subdivision

As soon as you pass the gate of prestigious Beverly Hills subdivision the never-ending traffic noise of the city dies down. Ten to fifteen-minute walk to the Temple feels relaxing and peaceful. There are birds songs and blossoms. Besides, the temple is a place for meditation and worship, not another rowdy, crowded tourist attractions.

My point is, if you're not a fan of silence, meditation and nature, the Taoist Temple in Cebu might not be the place for you to visit. Simply ignore the fact that it is listed as one of the top places to visit in Cebu.

Chinese Guardian Lion at the Taoist Temple Cebu - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Imperial Guardian Lion is an intimidating mythical creature and a symbol for prosperity, success, and guardianship.

Chinese Fisherman at the Taoist Temple Cebu - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

There's a Chinese myth about the culture hero by the name Fuxi - who invented fishing, after the Great Flood. 

Chapel with Virgin Mary at the Taoist Temple Cebu - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Chapel with Virgin Mary at the Taoist Temple Cebu, Philippines

Chinese Bridge at Taoist Temple Cebu - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse
Best of Philippines: Taoist Temple Cebu - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Taoism at a glance

Taoism is an ancient tradition of philosophy and religious belief that is deeply rooted in Chinese customs and worldview.

Taoism is also referred to as Daoism, which is a more accurate way of representing in English the sound of the Chinese word.

Taoism is about the Tao. This is usually translated as the Way. But it's hard to say exactly what this means. The Tao is the ultimate creative principle of the universe. All things are unified and connected in the Tao.

  • Taoism originated in China 2000 years ago
  • It is a religion of unity and opposites; Yin and Yang. The principle of Yin Yang sees the world as filled with complementary forces - action and non-action, light and dark, hot and cold, and so on
  • The Tao is not God and is not worshipped. Taoism includes many deities, that are worshipped in Taoist temples, they are part of the universe and depend, like everything, on the Tao
  • Taoism promotes:
    • achieving harmony or union with nature
    • the pursuit of spiritual immortality
    • being 'virtuous' (but not ostentatiously so)
    • self-development
  • Taoist practices include:
    • meditation
    • feng shui
    • fortune telling
    • reading and chanting of scriptures



Daria is a SunFlower by nature, on a mission to shine the light of beauty and happiness on this world in the same way that the Sun spreads its warmth.

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