Aside from the kiosk of the Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, and other tourist sites in downtown Cebu, there is another place people should not miss when they visit the Queen City of the South, the Taoist Temple. It is located close to the Beverly Hills subdivision, one of the luxury communities in Cebu.
Built in 1972, the Taoist Temple is open to both believers and non-believers. In fact, it has become one of the major tourist attractions in the city. The temple is a shrine for people practicing a religion based on the teachings of the Chinese philosopher Lao Tze, Taoism. Since it is a functional temple, it is necessary for visitors to follow rules while visiting the place. A number of documents showing the doctrines of Taoism can be found all around the temple.
One of the things visitors can do at the temple is to walk along Cebu’s version of the Great Wall of China. While it may not be as impressive as the actual thing, it is still the closest one can get without having to leave Cebu. It is also advisable for visitors to carry along a bottle of water, just in case. Visitors can also climb the 99 steps of the temple. Even though it is may be an exhausting activity trying to climb all 99 steps, it is quite enjoyable. Some people may say the number of steps is exactly 99, but others contend it is around 80 steps. This contention may hold water since the book used by practitioners of Taoism has a total of 81 chapters.
Visitors can also light joss sticks at the temple and perform the rituals practiced by believers of Taoism. Instructions can be found at the main door of the temple. Since the temple is located along the hills, visitors can also watch as the sun sets over the horizon. At this point visitors will be treated to an enchanting view of the island surrounding the mainland.
Whatever visitors will do at the temple, they should always observe silence since the Taoist Temple is a religious shrine where believers of Taoism pray. The Taoist Temple is indeed one of the well-known tourist sites in Cebu and one place visitors of the Queen City of the South should not miss while they are in Cebu.
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