Temple of Leah
Everyone knows the story of the Taj Mahal in India. The emperor of India built it in memory of his favorite wife. The temple of Leah in Cebu, Philippines has also a similar backstory with the Taj Mahal in India. Teodorico Soriano Adarna built the Temple of Leah as a symbol or gesture of his love for his late wife, Leah Albino-Adarna. They have been married for 50+ years and they are also the parents of the famous Filipina actress Ellen Adarna.
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Temple of Leah is actually still in construction and is expected to be finished by 2020. This temple is made up of 24 chambers that include an art gallery, museum, library and many more. There are also life-sized statues of lions and angels, gladiators, and many more all over the temple.
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How to Get There?
Temple of Leah is located in the Busay area. The entrance fee to this temple is 75PHP or $1.5. If you have read my trip to Sirao Garden, you would know that I visited several attractions in one day. I booked a Private Car Charter in Cebu for more convenience and to save more time.
If you want to take public transportation, then here are three options.
Option 1: Hire a Habal-Habal AKA Motor Taxi
- From SM City Cebu, ride a jeep heading to Lahug (route code: 04L) then get off at JY Square Mall. Fare is around 7PHP ( $0.13 ).
- After arriving in JY Square Mall, you can ride a Habal-Habal, also known as motor-taxi. You can easily spot them since they will be shouting “Temple of Leah”
- Make sure to agree on a price first before riding with them so you won’t be overcharged. Fare is usually 100 – 200 PHP per person ($2 – $4) for one way trip to Sirao. They will ask for an additional fee for roundtrip and if you ask them to wait for you.
- To save more money and time, I suggest you also visit nearby attractions such as the Temple of Leah, TOPS, and Cebu Taoist temple. Fare is usually 500PHP per person for all these attractions.
Option 2: Hire a Taxi
The road to the Temple of Leah is mountainous. So for a safer and more convenient way of transportation, hiring a taxi is much better. It is a more expensive option too. Some taxi drivers also take advantage of and overcharge tourists. Make sure you agree on a price first before getting in to avoid spending a lot of money.
I have a friend who visited Cebu before and she met a friendly taxi driver who toured her to Sirao Garden, Temple of Leah, Cebu Taoist Temple and other nearby places for only 2000 PHP (40USD) for the whole trip. If you are traveling to Cebu and want a convenient and hassle-free trip, you can message Kuya Boy (+639325479927).
Option 3: Book the Private Car Charter Car in Cebu
I highly recommend booking the Private Car Charter in Cebu. It is safer and more convenient. You don’t have to worry about being overcharged.
Temple of Leah is definitely a must-visit place when in Cebu. It is one of the best instagrammable spots in Cebu as well.
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