BACKGROUND OF THE TEMPLE

The Chinese community that built the temple patterned its entrance after the Great Wall of China. In addition to a small shrine for prayers and wishes, Cebu Taoist temple features a wishing well where tourists can throw coins and make a wish, spacious balconies that let you see a sizable area of downtown Cebu, a library full of Chinese artifacts as well as more modern collections, and a souvenir shop.

There are several travel agencies offering direct trips to the temple, but more often than not, the temple is only one of several places tourists will be taken to if they book a complete tour of Cebu City. The Cebu Taoist Temple is also a popular field trip venue for many local schools and universities. If you are on a specific budget, you can find many guide books that offer sound pieces of advice on how to get to Cebu Taoist Temple without spending lots such as the lonely planet.

Cebu City is home to a number of Chinese temples, but not all of them are open to the public. Another famous temple, the Phu Sian Temple, situated just a few blocks away from the Cebu Chinese Temple, is not open for public visitation. The Taoist temple is one of only few temples in the city that welcome worshipers and visitors from all walks of life. Non-worshipers have the option to join or observe devotees as they head over to a designated shrine, pray to the gods and perform a ritual to have their wish granted.