Temple of Leah: Things to Know About Cebu’s Taj Mahal

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Up in the mountains of Busay in Cebu, there’s a love story that people can’t stop talking about. A love story, that although ended in 2012, continues to live on in the form of a temple. In case you don’t know it yet, it’s the Temple of Leah. 

About Temple of Leah

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Dubbed as the Taj Mahal of Cebu, the Temple of Leah has been attracting foreign and local tourists for its Roman-inspired architectural shrine. Unlike India’s Taj Mahal, it is not a mausoleum but serves as home to the treasures and memorabilia of the late Leah Albino Adarna, the grandmother of Filipina actress Ellen Adarna. 

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Read this blog to know more about the Temple of Leah history for a fun experience.

Temple of Leah History

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More than its appealing structure, what draws people to visit Temple of Leah Cebu is the love story of a couple that has been melting hearts of so many travelers. 

Businessman Teodorico Adarna dedicated the temple to his wife, Leah, of 54 years. She died of lung cancer in 2012 at 69. They started their family at a young age. Leah was 16 and Teodorico was 19 when they got married. They had four children—Allan, Arlene, Arthur (deceased) and Alex; and 16 grandchildren, including actress Ellen Adarna.

The construction of Leah Temple started in 2012 and is yet to be finished. Teodorico reportedly spent 80 million pesos to put up this temple as a symbol of his undying love for Leah. The temple is meant to be a place for Leah’s items and collections gathered from her travels, as Teodorico promised her before she died. He promised that he will store all her things in one roof. 

Before, the Adarna family were not collecting fees to enter the temple but later on, they decided to collect PHP 100 per person as some people started to loiter and vandalize the place.

Now, it’s one of the most popular and most visited tourist spots in Cebu.

Temple of Leah Location

The Temple of Leah is located on top of a hill in the town of Busay in Cebu.

Rates and Other Information in Visiting Temple of Leah Cebu

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Visiting hours: 7am to 6om daily

Entrance fee: PHP 100 per person (10 years old and below are free)

Parking fee: PHP 100 if inside the premises; free if outside but limited slots only

Other fees: PHP 2,500 for professional photography for events

Tourist Spots Near The Temple

Make the most of your trip with these tourist attractions near Temple of Lea.

Sirao Flower Farm

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One of the most popular attractions in Cebu is Sirao Flower Farm. You can find different kinds of flowers here like Celosia. Although the flowers are worth checking out, be prepared as the place can get crowded due to flocking tourists who wish to have a good photo at the farm, too. 

Suggested article: 15 Amazingly Beautiful Cebu Tourist Spots to Include in Your Itinerary

Simala Shrine

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Simala Church is a prestigious castle-like structure that is frequented by tourists. Home to the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, people from all over the world visit this pristine church to witness traditions and religious gatherings.

Taoist Temple

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Another addition to your Cebu itinerary is the Taoist Temple. The temple was built to preserve the teachings of a Chinese philosopher, Lao-Tse. While it wasn’t built for tourism purposes, it became one of the most famous Cebu tourist spots because of its beautiful architecture. Visitors will get an overlooking view of the city from a balcony. The temple’s entrance even looks like the Great Wall of China. 

Magellan’s Cross

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Within walking distance from the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, you can find the famous Magellan’s Cross. While Filipinos consider Ferdinand Magellan a villain in Philippine history, this landmark is considered as one of the most important historical markers in Cebu. That’s because it was established upon Magellan’s order to mark his arrival in the country. This also serves as a reminder of the birth of Christianity in the Philippines.

Must-read: Cebu Itinerary Guide: Best Places to Go & Must-Try Activities

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Perhaps some believe that a man is not capable of loving a woman endlessly. While we can’t blame them, one thing’s for sure—true and endless love exists. In this case, it was shown to us in the form of a temple. A temple that’s built out of love.

Frequently Asked Questions About Temple of Leah

Q: What is the history of Temple of Leah?

A: It was built to symbolize the undying love of a husband to his deceased wife. That’s why it’s called Cebu’s Taj Mahal. 

Q: How much is the Temple of Leah entrance fee?

A: As of writing, the Temple of Leah entrance fee is PHP 100 per person.

Q: Who owns Leah temple in Cebu?

A: The owner of the Temple of Leah is the businessman Teodorico Soriano Adarna, grandfather of actress Ellen Adarna.

Q: How far is Temple of Leah to Sirao Garden?

A: It is around 20 minutes away from the Sirao Flower Garden.

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