Temple of Leah: Temple of Love

The Taj Mahal in India is considered one of the most amazing structures in the world. It was built because of a man’s undying love for a woman.

In Cebu, a similar structure is currently being completed in the highland barangay of Busay. Much like the Taj Mahal, this structure was built as a symbol of one man’s great love for a woman. This woman’s name was Leah.

The Temple of Leah is considered one of Cebu City’s newest tourist attractions. The temple is located right next to the Lantaw Restaurant in Sitio Garaje in Barangay Busay.

Borrowing heavily from Greek and Roman designs, the structure has columns, statues, water features, and a great hall.

Temple of Leah and grounds. (Click photos to enlarge)

Wondering why the temple has this?

Here’s why. The place has a breath-taking 180-degree view of Metro Cebu.

Lantaw Busay Restaurant as seen from the temple.

The massive grounds are currently being completed. Check out the wonderful tilework.

Two golden lions guard the steps.

The columns-laced facade of Temple of Leah.

The facade alone has a total of around 22 columns. More columns can be seen at the back of the structure.

Inside, a ‘family tree’ of the Adarna clan can be seen. If you’re wondering, then, yes, Cebuana ABS-CBN actress Ellen Adarna is one of the grand-daughters of Teodorico Soriano Adarna and Leah Albino Adarna.

The family patriarch explains why he had the temple built.

The grand hall which features two grand staircases, two mini-pools, a glass ceiling, stained glass art, and a massive brass statue of Leah.

The staircases are lined with these intricately-designed brass ornaments.

A giant statue of Leah in the central hall of the temple.

View from the grand hall of the temple

Temple grounds and a mind-blowing view of Metro Cebu.

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Habal-habal ride from JY Square in Lahug to Temple of Leah is Php60 / person.
If you’re going alone, you’ll be asked to pay Php120 for the 2 seats.
Ride back to JY Square is Php 00.
Entrance to the temple is Php50.

18 thoughts on “Temple of Leah: Temple of Love

  1. Hi Bai ! We were there yesterday having late lunch with some families and we tray to go up but there’s a lot of peoples there so we change our mind. Maybe next time nalang.. Wow indeed…

  2. Woow… looks like the Temple of Athena on the Acropolis in Athens, built thousands of years ago.
    Perfect location for a great view of Cebu.

      1. Hi,

        I’m planning to visit this coming Friday, June 26 and bring my mom and my aunt who are visiting me here in my work city. Do you know if it’s again open for public visit?



  3. Nice one, bai! We usually pass by this temple on the return leg of a typical Mt. Babag climb. You know what’s strange? While the Temple of Leah was under construction, all of us had the impression that this was a large motel/hotel. Hehehehe!

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