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Monday, February 4, 2013

Taoist Temple in Cebu

The Philippine Taoist Temple is located in a subdivision called Beverly Hills in Cebu City.  If you like architecture or you're just plain curious, it might be an interesting place to visit. Built in 1972, this temple is open to both worshippers and non-worshippers.




You need to climb 81 steps to go to the main temple.  They say every Wednesday and Sunday , worshipers climb the 81 steps to light joss sticks and have their fortune read by the monks.  The 81 steps represent the 81 chapters of Taoism scriptures.
 

Inside the main temple, they actually have a practice of communicating with god through the use of 2 wooden blocks.  You can ask a question, problem or wish (one question at a time) then you drop the wooden blocks on the floor.  The answer to your question will be based on the position of the wooden blocks:
1 flat + 1 half round = Yes
2 half-round = No
2 flat = Maybe

But nope, I didn’t try doing it.  I prefer to pray and hope that the answer is always a yes. Haha...   
 

There are dragons all over the place.  Tried googling the significance of dragons in Taoist temples and they symbolize immortality, and yin & yang when placed with a phoenix (the phoenix being yin).







While at the Taoist Temple, don't forget to look up and appreciate the beautiful paintings on the ceilings.




 From the main temple, there's a staircase leading to the upper level.  There are smaller altars at the second level but just like in the main temple, it's strictly no picture-taking.  There are roving guards so don't even attempt.  Just explore the grounds and be grateful that they even allow regular visitors like us into the temple. :)



While at second level, don't forget to look down and appreciate the overlooking view of Cebu City.   The temple is located 300 meters above sea level.  
 

The Philippine Taoist Temple is open from 9am to 5pm. 

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