Taoist Temple: Cebu’s Favorite Destination

The Taoist Temple is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cebu City. In fact, no Cebu Tour is ever complete without a quick visit to the temple. But I tell you, quick is not the correct word here. (Let’s see you still wear that smile when you reach the 100th step. Haha!)

If you to see a different side of Cebu’s rich culture, visit the Taoist Temple at Beverly Hills in Lahug today!

The red steps leading to the first prayer chamber.


From the main gate, you’d have to climb up several flights of stairs.

And once you reach the first prayer chamber (and wish you proceed to other areas in the property,) you’d have to climb up more flights of stairs.

View of the main prayer chamber at the Taoist Temple.

Swimming turtles in one of the ponds at the temple.

The Cebu City skyline as seen from the Taoist Temple.

I was so busy shooting that I didn’t see this sign (maybe I didn’t notice it because of the spelling). I saw some people praying inside the temple so I hurriedly took some photos of them especially because they were burning some incense candles. Then a guy pointed at the sign and told me to erase the photos that I just took. I was kinda shaken so I erased EVERYTHING. Haha. It was really embarrassing. I didn’t mean to disrespect. I just really didn’t notice the sign. I had to start from scratch with my photos after that.

Red pillars in one of the temple’s many smaller prayer rooms.

This red spiral staircase looks really nice. Imagine the view from up there!

Dragons everywhere! These dragon sculptures can be seen at the top of the temple’s main prayer chamber.

A statue of a fisherman in one of the temple’s many ponds.

With all the fish in the pond, I’m sure he’ll catch one anytime soon.

A stone sculpture standing guard at the entrance of one of the smaller prayer rooms.

More dragons on the roof of the main prayer chamber.

A closer look at one of the dragons.

Awesome view of the second prayer chamber right on top of the main prayer hall.

The viewing deck offers an amazing view of Cebu City.

The gate at the back of the property resembles one of the pillars of the great wall of China.

A giant dragon sits at the foot of the second prayer chamber.

A closer look at the giant dragon below the prayer chamber.


Cebu’s own version of the Great Wall of China.


Quick lesson on Taoism procedures in using the kidney-shaped wooden blocks.

Tourists descending from the main prayer hall of the temple.

Have you visited the Taoist Temple? What do you think of this tourist destination? Let us know in the comments below!

30 thoughts on “Taoist Temple: Cebu’s Favorite Destination

  1. Wow! Amazing pics! This brings back memories. We used to live in Lahug
    near the Mormons church, we’re not one of them.=) Definitely, it’s worth
    seeing it again. Salamat kaayo nimo, Ley.

  2. The last time I visited Cebu in 1998 dili pa kaayo daghang buildings apan karon hastang punu-a na. I love the old Cebu, puerte na kaayong commercialized. I like the “Silince” sign hahahaha.

  3. bai leyland, they are nice photos and very beautiful views. my family been there 2001. my hubby born on the year of the dragon. he likes dragon so am i.

    i love the red painted steps and post. i believe for good luck , not the other way round. i bought heaps of shell necklace, very cheap though. cheers

  4. I used to climb up there all the time when I was a kid then walk around Beverly Hills admiring rich people’s houses. I’m glad Felimon is still there– fishing ( my papa used to call him that after that “Felimon si Felimon namasol sa kadagatan” song–back then it was with a “P”). Thanks for the photos. I can’t wait to go home and take a lot of photos.

  5. hahahaha! the last time i was there was more than a decade ago during one of our gradeschool field trips! seeeesshh!! i see that the dragon is still green, eh? hehe

  6. my special thanks to master co of hsien tiak taoist temple who use to offer free feng shui and fortune telling during his visit to taoist temple. he is the one and only master that help my business prosper,heal my father sickness and help me win the jackpot in the lotto.

  7. hi mrs ong i also have the chance to meet master co of Philippine hsien tiak taoist temple when he visit taoist temple to perform blessing and ritual during the feast day. yes this taoist spiritual medium is really a psychic and he can read future well as well as answer everything i ask. i am really very fortunate to meet master co as he help me in my business and also i am now blessed and married to a chinese with two son and a daughter. thank you so much master co and more power to you.

  8. Its been a very long time since I last saw the city where I grew up . thanks for thes pics. being of half chinese ancestry, can’t help but appreciate the influence & mixtures of chinese & Filipino cultures together.
    more power !

  9. May nagte take ng pictures kc, d nakakita sa naka post na bawal…hahaha sinabihan kaagad “hoy para keung mga uod jan……Mrs.. naman pacenxiahan u nalng now pa kc nkapunta eh….

  10. Hala! naka anha ko pag year 2008. wala lagi ko ka bantay anang note nga “SILINCE” Hehehe mag katawa jud ko nimo Ley oi …

  11. Thanks for all the great pictures. It’s one of the must see places when visiting Cebu City. I went there several times while I was growing up. I don’t know if I can still climb up all those steps but I remember how pretty the temple was. Sure would want to go up there again the next time I come to visit Cebu.

  12. Welcome to Philippine Hsien Tiak Taoist Temple
    We offer FREE Fenmg Shui consultation for home and business , Fortune telling and birth analysis , Bazi reading , Palm and face reading , auspicious wedding date selection etc.
    For appointment and schedule please contact : Master Co

  13. Can we ask for the contact number at the taoist temple? We would to ask if they are still accepting group tours to visit the place and how much is the entrance in the village po. Thank you so much…

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