It's been almost 40 years since Cebu City's Taoist Temple was built (1972). It continues to attract hordes of tourists visiting the city. This would be my second time here. The last was ages ago, on a coaster with few other people - with a driver and a guide. This time, it's DIY. In fact I had reservations visiting it again because of its location. I don't remember how to get there.
Prayers to the gods to grant one's wish is among its many rituals. This includes washing of hands, going inside the chapel barefoot and dropping two blocks of wood. If the blocks of wood are both face up then one could make a wish. If not then it is not yet the time for one's wish to be granted and one has to come to the temple some other time.
The temple is the center of worship for Taoism, the religion which follows the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tze. Another ritual among Taoist devotees, which is done during Wednesdays and Sundays, is the climbing of its 81 steps (representing the 81 chapters of Taoism scriptures) to light joss sticks and have their fortune read by the monks.
Photography is prohibited in front and inside of the prayer halls (I think there are 4 separate halls in the compound). But entrance is free. There are 3 entrances to the temple. The pagoda entrance is the most commonly used entrance. I took the stairs directly in front of the main temple, but it's a steep climb from there; and there are no lifts for the disabled.
If you are taking a taxi from the city, make sure you agree on a return price. I witnessed a taxi driver and his customer arguing in front of the temple. The driver refused to leave unless the passenger pay for a return rate; i.e. double the meter price.
Pagoda for the vehicle parking and two of the 81-step entrances.
This is the 3rd entrance, located in front and directly below the main temple/prayer hall.
Main temple. Photography not allowed, and there are guards assigned to enforce this.
No photos? oopsss! LOL
A temple above the main prayer hall.
A huge reminder is posted here. "This is not a wishing well. Please do not throw coins!"
Up next: More photos - and the road to the temple!