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For me, the Taoist Temple in Cebu Philippines is one of the highlights of Cebu. It is the only Taoist Temple I have been too. If you’ve been to many of them, especially the ones in Thailand, it probably will not be as impressive to you. If you’re into photography though, it’s a great place to visit. Perhaps that is why I loved it so much.

I have read a lot of negative reviews about the Taoist Temple in Cebu City, so I feel I should warn you that not everyone enjoys it as much as I do. Some are upset because of the dress code or they can’t take pictures in certain locations.

This temple is a operating Taoist Temple and that means they need to have certain rules in place. I remember getting scolded because I was hanging out in front of the main worship temple. They don’t like that. I couldn’t get in because I had shorts on. I could see inside and to me it wasn’t a big deal to go inside.

Taoist Temple Cebu

For most, there is a massive amount of steps on the way up the to the temple grounds. The exact number of steps is debated. I believe the number is 81 steps but some say it is 99. The reason I think the accurate number is 81 is because that is how many chapters there are in the Book of Taoism. I’m not 100% sure that’s the proper name of their holy scripture.


One interesting ritual at the temple is the monks or you throw a couple of blocks. If they both come up with a design on them, then you can go before a priest and ask for your wish. That doesn’t mean your wish will be granted. It means you get to ask. The priest may ask you to reconsider your wish or he may say it is granted. If he says it isn’t granted, you have to go through the process again. Even the steps are meant to serve as a means for you to think about what you wish for.

I didn’t go up the steps. I didn’t even see them. I didn’t know it but Jessie asked the taxi driver to go to the back entrance. They will allow people with poor health to do that. I remember the guards at that entrance giving me the once over after Jessie talked to them. That must have been what was going on.

How to Get to the Taoist Temple

If you visit the Taoist Temple in Cebu City, you should rent a taxi for a round way trip. Otherwise, you’ll find that you must walk down the mountain back into the city to get back to your home or hotel. That is not a short walk.

I have provided a Google map to the right. You can click on the navigation elements within the map to zoom or change your location. If you click the pointer in the map, you can also get directions to the Taoist Temple Cebu from your location. You can download a KML file and import it into your compatible GPS application by clicking here.

Inside the Taoist Temple Cebu

Once we were inside, there is a large golden dragon with its tongue hanging out. That tongue was one of my favorite pictures during our stay.

Dragon_Exciting_CebuThere is a smaller temple that provides a walkway with a splendid view of Cebu City. I took several pictures there but was not satisfied with any of them. At the bottom of the post there is a picture gallery of the my favorite photos from the Taoist Temple in Cebu City. You can also download the KML file for the location and import it into your GPS application by right clicking here.

There was no entry fee for us to enter the Taoist Temple. I don’t know its exact hours but you should consider it a daytime adventure.  I would allow half a day for this trip.  Getting there and walking up the stairs and seeing the entire grounds. Though, we did squeeze in several sites that same day. Maybe half a day is more than you need but I didn’t have to walk up those steps. The dress code is pretty strict if you wish to see all areas of the Taoist Temple. I’m unsure about sandals or flip flops but shorts are not okay for all parts of the temple. For me, it didn’t matter at all though. There is a gift shop on the grounds. They have some lovely items but those were not cheap. They were very expensive in my mind. Probably worth it though. Not your typical tourist gift shop but jewels and statues made by hand.

I enjoyed my visit to the Taoist Temple in Cebu City. I can’t say that it is the best place for everyone. I don’t understand all the negative comments I’ve seen around the web. I thought it was fantastic. You will have to decide for yourself and hopefully this article will help. I don’t really have any need to return there myself but I would if someone wanted to go.

Have you been to the Taoist Temple in Cebu City?  What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below also let me know if you have any questions and I will try to answer them.

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