Cebu Taoist Temple: A Quick Stopover

Dragon statue at the Taoist Temple in Cebu by JuanPiso via Wikimedia cc

Cebu Taoist Temple

It’s probably my third time visiting this Taoist Temple, and each time I visit Cebu, I always make sure to visit this Temple just to enjoy the fresh air and the fantastic bird’s eye view of Cebu City, Mactan, and Bohol Island.

Cebu Taoist Temple
Cebu Taoist Temple

The temple has an elevation of more or less 300 meters above sea level, and you need to take 99 steps in order for you to reach the main temple. Oh! Well, not an easy walk, but the view is truly rewarding.

The entrance to the temple was a replica of the Great Wall of China. The temple includes a chapel, a library, a souvenir shop, and a wishing well. The spacious balconies offer a scenic view of downtown Cebu.

Cebu Taoist Temple
Popular Cebu Tourist Spot

Cebu takes pride in being the country’s oldest colonial city. Apart from Spanish Churches and landmarks, Chinese Old Houses and Temples can also attest to the richness of Cebu’s Heritage. Cebuano’s Chinese heritage is very visible, and one of the more popular destinations in the city is the Taoist Temple, located at the highest elevation of the Beverly Hills Subdivision, which is about 6 km north of downtown Cebu.

Cebu Taoist Temple
Taoist Temple

It was built in 1972 with the help of Cebu’s prominent Chinese community. The Taoist Temple is constructed in a highly ornate with a pagoda style roof and, of course, prominent oriental Chinese architecture.

Cebu Taoist Temple
Chinese Temple

The temple is the center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tze. You can see Taoist devotees following their rituals on Wednesdays and Sundays, climbing the 99 steps of the temple to light joss sticks, and having their fortunes read by the monks.

Cebu Taoist Temple
Quick Stopover

Dragon statue at the Taoist Temple in Cebu by JuanPiso via Wikimedia cc
Dragon statue at the Taoist Temple in Cebu By JuanPiso – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, cc

If you want to enjoy the scenery, go in the afternoon and be prepared to be enamored with stunning views of the sunset.


  1. TM says

    Perfect. I see you’re a very good photographer.

  2. ramegine quiman says

    I love those scenic spot’s pictures especially in the taoist temple in cebu city.

  3. meg says

    how much would it cost to visit here??? or any entrance fee???

    1. melo says

      no entrance fee but you have to get a cab to reach the place:)

  4. anne says

    can i ask what camera did you use for this? is there any edit done here?

  5. Francis Oliverio says

    Very beautiful photos!

  6. Brett says

    Wow, that’s a beautiful temple. Reminds me of the temples in Hong Kong.

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