Taoist Temple

Attraction Beverly Hills, Cebu City, Philippines Published on: 05-12-2018

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:30 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Taoist Temple which is located in Beverly Hills, is one of the highlights of Cebu. The temple is beautiful with lots of carved dragons and colours and it has great views of Cebu being so high up a mountain.

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Why Taoist Temple is special ?

The Taoist temple, a place for meditation, is located in Beverly Hills Subdivision, Lahug, Cebu. The taoist which is built on a hillside has a towering multi-tiered attraction. Because the temple is open to both worshipers and non-worshipers, it has now become a tourist attraction in Cebu.

Perched high in the northern hills overlooking the city, the Taoist Temple is a symbol of the city's large and prosperous ethnic Chinese population. It's not one for temple aficionados; the architecture is functional and austere by Chinese standards. Nevertheless the trip here, past the gated mansions of exclusive Beverly Hills, is a good excuse to see how Cebu's wealthier citizens live, and the views over the city are noteworthy.

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What to explore at Taoist Temple?

Taoist Temple is the a 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 traditional rites and rituals on Wednesdays and Sundays, as they climb the 99 steps of the temple to light joss sticks and have their fortunes read by the monks.

Built in 1972, the Taoist Temple is constructed in a highly ornate and, some would say, gaudy style that is typical of much modern Chinese religious architecture (with a predominantly red and green coloring scheme), and is topped with a pagoda-style roof.

The temple has an elevation of 300 meters above sea level, and if you climb the 99 steps to the entrance, you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Cebu City and the harbor and in the distance Mactan and Bohol islands. Nice sunset views too.

Not far from this temple, on the top of a hill a little lower down, is another Taoist edifice known as the Cebu Heavenly Temple of Charity. This temple has an imposing central altar with many statues of the Chinese gods and goddesses on all sides. These include the Supreme God and Milagrosa Rosa (the temple's patron saint).

The hill where it stands has its own excellent views. A water spring flows underneath the temple.

Though visited by fewer tourists, the Heavenly Temple of Charity has is very beautiful and is definitely worth a visit.

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How to get to Taoist Temple?

In Lahug, just near to JY Square, you will see a small road and a bridge in the right. From there you have three options:

Take a taxi

Ride a motorcycle – If you ride a motorcylce, the payment is 10 pesos. However, motorcycles are not allowed to enter Beverly Hills. So from the entrance, you will need to walk to taoist temple. But that’s not a problem because the temple is not that far from the entrance. Also, you will get a nice view when you walk there. The air is cool, the place is quiet and calm, and the houses are beautiful.

Walk – If you’re a person who is used to walking, then this is a good option for you. But if you’re a person who gets tired easily, this may not be the best option for you. In the temple, there are many stairs that you will have to climb in order to see the other views so you might want to save some energy.

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Selling points

  • Excellent view of the city
  • A must-see tourist spot in Cebu
  • Feel like a Chinese for a second
  • a piece of China in the Tropics
  • great vantage point to view the skyline
A great 2 day trip to Cebu with my parents

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Tips for you

  • - You can pick up some unique gifts from the gift shop near the temple.
  • You should ask your guide to explain all the parts of the Asian dragon to you, especially the filipino nose that will help you have a deep glimpse of Chinese culture. Don't forget to donate a little. Have your driver take you to the top rather than walking up the steps.
    Things to do
  • You can bring own food.
    What to bring
  • Be mindful with the rules in taking pictures though because there are restricted areas for photo.
  • You can't take pictures of their Statues and their Altars.
  • Like others temple, you should dress appropriately.
    What to wear
  • To enjoy the sunset you should come here in late afternoon.
  • You will see signs requesting "Silence" this is because dragons don't like loud noises so be respectful.
  • Recommend you to take a cab from city to temple and as you reach there, just tell the driver to wait for you for half hour, because at that place it’s hard to find a cab back to city.


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A must visit when in Cebu. The temple offers serene moment for those seeking peace of mind. Ideal visit is early morning!

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Preserving the teachings of Lao-Tse, the 600 B.C. Chinese philosopher, the Temple offers a nice break from the hustle and bustle of down town Cebu.

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Nice view!

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must see in cebu. view is awesome. go during a weekday to avoid a crowd. Be respectful of people praying at alters.

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Amazing, amazing place. Worth the trip. Take pictures anywhere except the altars. You'll feel like you're in Hong Kong.

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Yes, you can go here on a budget.Take a jeep, then catch a cab to get into the Taoist Temple. Walk up and down, take photos (where it's allowed), ask questions. Go on a weekday afternoon, where there's less people.To get out, walk out to the gate, take a motorcycle (if you dare), or walk down to get a jeep.Buy a souvenir (or two) and have it "blessed". It makes for a quaint souvenir and story.

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Probably funded by the wealthy Chinese community in Cebu, it is grand & overlooking some good scenery of Cebu on top of a hill within an exclusive housing estate of mansions & villas. Nothing to hype about, just another typical Chinese temple with no historical significance.

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Very nice an peaceful setting. No traffic on the day we visited and nice weather. Lots of stairs very clean and lots to see.

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The temple is located inside the Beverly Hills Subdivision where most of the wealthiest people in Cebu reside.the place welcomes worshippers and non-worshippers alike, except that picture taking is not allowed inside temples. one cannot also make the temple as a background photo or take pictures beside it. take the time to pray, light an incense stick, take pictures, sit back, enjoy the view, feel the cool breeze and relax.

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A must visit when in Cebu. The temple offers serene moment for those seeking peace of mind. Ideal visit is early morning!

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