Taoist Temple (Cebu City)

Satellite image of the Taoist Temple in Cebu City.

One of the most popular tourist spots in Cebu City aside from Magellan’s Cross is the Taoist Temple located in the posh Beverly Hills Subdivision way up on the hills of the Queen City of the South. This Taoist place of worship (I’ve featured one in Baguio City before) was constructed in 1972 by Cebu’s prominent Chinoy community. This is supposedly the biggest Taoist temple in the Philippines.

Photo of the temple area. Photo by Pia888 (CC-BY-2.0)

Aside from being picturesque and for sporting magnificent views of the city and Mactan Island (being located 300 meters above sea level), there’s pretty not much to do here unless you’re a Taoist devotee. Unlike in the Baguio temple, it doesn’t appear that non-Taoists can have their fortunes told or that they can light candles here. Anyway, if ever you find yourself here, you can spot the Great Wall of China replica along the entrance to the temple compound and take pictures of the giant dragon statue (pictured above). I’m quite sure a lot of people have nicknamed this dragon Mushu. Hehehe.

As I’ve said, the place is quite picturesque and there’s tons of pictures in Flickr should you want to see more.

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August 28, 2008
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  1. Vera wrote on July 25, 2009 @ 05:56AM

    Hi! I just recently came from our vacation at Bohol & Cebu and one of the itineraries of our vacation is visiting the Taoist Temple of Cebu and I want to share my unforgettable moment in Taoist Temple of Cebu because I would say it is NOT GOOD, it is very FRUSTRATING.

    It is all started when I let my son sit on a small fence made of rock to take picture, when suddenly a lady in a uniform shouted and yelling at me saying” KATKAT PA MO DIHA KAY MAKAGAWAS MONG TANAN KARON. I was stunned at the voice and the reprimand she gave me. Instead of feeling excited of seeing the Temple, I feel different at then, I feel embarrassed why on earth this Lady shouted at me.

    I learned that she is the Manager of the Taoist Temple, her name is DINA DY. I’m really frustrated of her because of the way she reprimand me and my family. Yes, it is true that it is my fault why I let my son sit on that fence wherein it is prohibited but she has NO RIGHT to shout at me in that way. Yes she is in authority to reprimand us but it should not to the extent of yelling and shouting at us especially if it is the first offense.

    What I did when she shouted at me is I said SORRY. I said Sorry even she shouted at me because I accepted that it is my fault and next time I have to read some rules upon entering the Temple. What is worst is when I said sorry to her she talks back and said” SIGE LANG MO UG SORRY BASI GUSTO NINYO MAKAGAWAS NGA MAY BULAK ANG ILONG”.

    I did not like the way she talk-back to me even I already ask for Sorry. So I decided to confront her because I don’t like to get back home in Davao with this kind of experience. I told her “ Yes you are in authority to reprimand us but pls. next time don’t shout, makasabot man pud mi ug isa lang ka sulti, we are all professionals here”, its getting worst when she replied “ HINDI NAMIN KAYO KAILAN DITO, UMALIS KAYO”.

    So we just decided to get out of the place. I thought that I could have a better view of the Temple and remember it for Good but that is not the way it happened. When we are already outside the temple we meet a group of local tourist from Ilo-Ilo and a foreigner with a Filipino wife has the same resentment with us which we experienced with the same lady DINA DY.

    To DINA DY of TAOIST TEMPLE, I want to say this to you. 1. You have NO RIGHT to YELL us. 2. IF you need to reprimand, talk it in a NICE WAY. (it really shows na ang pangit mong ugali lalabas sa iyong pangit na mukha.) To Taoist Temple Management, Thank you for giving us the opportunity to appreciate your , religion culture & heritage. But sad to say I did not appreciate the way Ms. Dina Dy treat us. KUNG HINDI NYO KAILANGAN ANG MGA TOURISTA GAYA NAMIN that came from different places just to see your Temple, then I suggest that you don’t need to open your temple to the Public para wala nang gulo.
  2. Anna wrote on March 30, 2010 @ 11:36PM

    Although we didn’t experience the same as Vera has but the atmosphere there is like tourists are not welcomed there. Like when I asked one of the staff there as to where the monks stay he answered me in an irritating way. When we asked how to pray in their shrine the answer was to read the instructions in the front entrance. They are really very unaccommodating. I hope in the future they will learn to at least smile or be approachable because if this continues to happen then I guess its not worth going there anymore.

  3. marysol dalisay wrote on April 2, 2010 @ 07:49AM

    wat time po open temple?pls reply to docsollie@yahoo.com.ty

  4. greg wrote on May 20, 2010 @ 11:50AM

    how do we get in taoist temple by a public vehicle?

  5. dexter wrote on June 29, 2010 @ 06:55PM

    what day and time it will be available to visit? please reply to dicks_ter@yahoo.com. a million thanks.

  6. Kat wrote on August 2, 2010 @ 08:22PM

    The temple is open from 7AM- 5PM. They are open even on Sundays. Be warned though, they are very strict with regards to picture taking so better be wary of the notices around. Also, a lot of people visit the temple so going there early allows you to take pictures without a lot of people in it. =)

  7. ryan wrote on August 30, 2010 @ 06:13AM

    pakauwaw lang na si miss dy… sayang taoist temple is one of cebu’s oldest place or temple to vivsit with… field trip for kids kasagarn mo anha…. sayang lang kaau.. coz temple is a house of god… pero naa man demonita nakasulod… her attitude should be in the market… not in a temple…. F@#K your self miss DY… or should i say go to hell mother F@#ker…. biatch!!!!

  8. mj wrote on October 31, 2010 @ 06:02PM

    is there any restriction and dress code when entering the temple? how to get there from osmena circle? or from the bus station? we will be comung from dumaguete.. thanks a lot!

  9. Philippine Travel Guide wrote on December 9, 2010 @ 10:07AM

    ganda ng taoist temple sayang lang bad experience si vera

  10. zoan wrote on May 31, 2011 @ 03:48PM

    We went to Cebu last week and yes we have visited the Taoist Temple. I am glad that I have not seen even Dina Dy’s shadow. Para talagang ayaw nila na may mga tourist, sana they close their temple to themselves nalang.

  11. arlene wrote on July 20, 2011 @ 09:00PM

    This is our first tym to hv a our family trip in Cebu and wer planning to visit Taoist temple as part of our tour. and i think ds is a must-see attraction,but because of these reviews and comments,, I rather not to go there than for me and family to experience the same way… and i don’t want her or the other staff to messed up our day.. but after all vera did the right way as professional.. lessons learned nlng not to go there anymore.. Thanks also to vera for sharing this article.

  12. sugarbabe wrote on August 3, 2011 @ 10:24PM

    i visited in 2007 the taoist temple in cebu and had the same unfriendly answers as Vera ass well very hostile,the pinoy’s should be happy thy have a job thanks to the tourists,we dont need them thy need us,but thy are to dum to uderstand that,filpin’s are ungratifull arrogant people,luckely not all of hem,im married myself to a fillipina so dont say im a racist,at the contrary,pinoy’s are racist against all other people and i dot no why

  13. sugarbabe wrote on August 3, 2011 @ 10:33PM

    i visited in 2007 the taoist temple in cebu and had the same unfriendly answers as Vera ass well very hostile,the pinoy’s should be happy thy have a job thanks to the tourists,we dont need them thy need us,but thy are to dum to uderstand that,pinoy’s are ungratifull arrogant people,luckely not all of them,im married myself to a fillipina so dont say im a racist,at the contrarya lot of,pinoy’s are racist against all other people and i can tell about that believe me my wife told me that’s why she prefer to stay in Belgium

  14. Nikki wrote on September 1, 2011 @ 12:16PM

    Me and my friends was there yesterday August 31,2011 and we had a terrible bad experience. It was my first time to go there, as well as my other friends, so we are so excited to see how nice the place is and without knowing demons are waiting ahead of us..

    At the entrance, there was a guard who gave me a paper, i asked him, “Unsa ni?” and he answered in a bad mannered way “basaha lang na ninyo, if dili mo ganahan mo basa, kanaog mog balik ayaw mo ug sulod” . so we were shocked on his answer. So my friend said “ Ai stricto “ and the guard keep yelling and repeating his words, its like weve done something wrong to him. At first, we kept our silence, but the more we kept our silence the more he kept on yelling, so we got irritated, so we answered him “ Ka stricto bah nimo” and my other friend said “ shut up “. What he did he followed us and said “Unsa to imung g.ingon? panganaog mo, ayaw mo ug sulod, mura pod mog naai ge bayad ngare” and he closed the gate. So what i did, i asked for a manager and he said “ O nangayo mo ug manager?! adtoa ninyo sa taas” , Its like he was not afraid of what happened. So we went upstairs and when we went to their office,then there was an old men in front of the door and we told him that we need to speak to the manager regarding the treatment of their guard. So he said ok. So we wait since the manager was on the phone speaking with someone. We wait and wait but she never entertained us and she just went out of her office like she doesnt care about our concern and seems like nothing happened. So i just dont wonder why their guards was confident enough to show them their manager, coz like manager like guards..

    As first timer, i was very disappointed and the experience was very discouraging, and i swear not to go back there. I will surely not recommend this place to my friends who never gotten taoist temple because that temple is a temple of demons…..

  15. jas wrote on September 3, 2011 @ 06:45PM

    oh!! my!! excited pa naman akong mag punta sa Taoist Temple,. parang nag dadalawang isip na ako,.anyway thank you for the tips,.

  16. Edelyn Csato wrote on October 30, 2011 @ 06:09PM

    Hi,me and my husband have just been in taoist temple,it is our first time here in Cebu ,but suddenly we have same bad experience, I don’t expect this would happen ,we have been traveling anywhere in this world but this the first time that we have experience this disgusting attitude,we are taking pictures downstairs and there is a guard who have called my attention so I went up and ask him what is he saying,he is speaking in bisaya, the only word I understand is the altar so I ask him where is the altar ,he have answered us in an irritating way,I ask Jim what is wrong I don’t understand him good then he shouted you should not take picture in the altar!!and I ask him then where is the altar?is the tower is the altar?he said no, it is inside,..so what is wrong from it?I have not even been inside of the temple,we have just took a picture downstairs..then he was murmurring but the worst is!! I have heard him that he said YAWA and PUTANG INA KA!!I understand those words,that is why on that point I confront him already, I ask somebody if where us their management? But they don’t show it up to us,they don’t do anything..it seems nothing happens!!those guards were given the duty to look if the visitors are in a good and safe moment,but they don’t have the right to offend people and show them disrespect!! They are all shit there!! And it is so dis appointing for us,I am a filipina,my husband is a German I have been in their country as well as in the whole Europe and everybody there were very nice to me as their tourist,and when we came here a Filipino will act this way to the tourist..well anyway i have to do something from this..this should not continue.

  17. Angel Salvador wrote on December 12, 2011 @ 12:04AM

    i also had a very bad experience when me and my friends went to taoist temple. We went there to have a photoshoot for our school playprod. Since I was one of the Photographers of our playprod, I had to go there with our actors to take pictures. Our director told me about the strict rules of picture taking in the temple and told me not to take pictures recklessly. She also told me to just take pictures of the highlights of the temple. It all went well during our trip to the temple and our director decided to ask the guard if it was okay to have the photoshoot in the PARKING LOT. he said yes. we prepared for our photoshoot and i started to take pictures when a woman started to yell at us. She was saying a lot of foul things but what surprised me the most was that we were just taking pictures in the PARKING LOT!!!!!! It was a Parking Lot for God’s Sake!! Don’t tell me there monks still meditate in the Parking Lot??? I was Fuming mad already because she said a lot of things that would have made me kill her there. Luckily, my friend drag me away and into the van and told me to just ignore it. What would you do if you were in my place?

  18. Maribeth Bautista wrote on January 1, 2012 @ 12:02PM

    how do we get in taoist temple by a public vehicle?

  19. chat wrote on January 24, 2012 @ 03:49PM

    may entrance fee ba dito?

  20. gen wrote on March 2, 2012 @ 08:16PM

    all i can say is that, taoist temple should be close!!!! the people there who used to manage the temple was so wild…

  21. iamlukka wrote on March 9, 2012 @ 04:59AM

    Was supposed to visit the temple on Sept, but having second thoughts now after reading these stories. Too bad, the place is beautiful pa naman sana

  22. lanne wrote on May 23, 2012 @ 04:08PM

    i want to ask for your contact number in taoist temple i really need it so badly..pls reply thank u..

  23. sharihan wrote on September 1, 2012 @ 11:52AM

    will go to taoist temple this sept. I will bitch them out first before they could bitch me out! haha! sisiguraduhin kong mabwibwiset muna sila saken bago nila ako mabibwiset!!!

  24. Councilor wrote on October 19, 2012 @ 12:29PM

    The site is not open for the public already. Some Tourist agencies are not aware about their management of the temple, that’s why the staff are not not much
    showing their friendly manner.
    Stop visiting that site or you will end up with a bad experience.
    Iba-iba ang mga ugali ng mga intsik. When they need, money they become so strict. The temple will be close for the public until further notice from official government of Cebu

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