While planning for my Cebu trip, I was told by a friend to check out Temple of Leah. I really wanted to visit the place since it looked absolutely stunning based on the photos that I saw online. But I didn’t consider visiting it for real because all my companions were hardcore foodies and I didn’t think that they’d agree for us to be sidetracked to visit a non-food attraction.
Luckily, I was wrong because someone in the group also wanted to visit the temple. Yay me!
Temple of Leah is located around 30 minutes away from Cebu’s city center. It’s more than just a pretty site because it comes with a very sweet love story. Temple of Leah is actually a Cebuano business man’s tribute of undying love to his wife Leah, who passed away in 2010. The mansion which spans about 5,000 hectares contains rooms with all of Leah’s treasured items including a library that contains all of her favorite books.
Upon entering the temple grounds, my friends and I were couldn’t stop uttering our “oohs” and “ahhs” because of the sheer grandness of the still-unfinished structure.
Temple of Leah didn’t fall short on my expectations and should be on anyone’s itinerary when in Cebu.
- it’s best to go to Temple of Leah early in the morning to avoid huge crowds.
- Bring an umbrella to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun.
- Bring P50 for the entrance fee.
- Explore and enjoy the temple grounds. I wasn’t able to see the entire temple but I’ve seen many stunning pictures online that I wasn’t able to see in person.
Roosevelt St., Brgy. Busay Cebu City
Photos by: Sherose Ontimare