Temple of Leah: The Taj Mahal of Cebu

Love conquers all. No buts, no don’ts. Simply giving, not bothering for what you can’t take back. Find out the story behind Cebu’s newest tourist attraction.

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As for Teodorico Adarna, owner of Temple of Leah and grandfather of Filipino actress Ellen Adarna, this huge edifice of Roman Architecture design is his way of showing how strong his love and his ceaseless devotion to his wife, Leah. Yes, this is a temple of love from an inspired imagination.

In the Queen City of the South, a palace of Teodoro Adarna’s Queen Leah Villa Albino-Adarna was made and replicated with a big statue in the middle. After a few years of waiting, the Philippine version of Taj Mahal has finally opened to welcome visitors.

The temple has an art gallery, museum, and a library where all of the favorite things her wife owned are placed. At the top, there’s a spectacular view of the city and more exceptional scenery as you walk through the temple. In this Greek methodology-inspired 7-story mansion, there are gigantic lions lying on each side of the stairs that will guide you to the door step of another jaw-dropping view. You can see a grand staircase with angels made up of brass and the Queen of the Temple in a 10-ft statue with crown and flower.

Booking a flight to Rome and visiting Roman temple will surely cost you a lot of money. If you don’t have a budget yet, why not just pay a visit to Temple of Leah?

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Photo from the wires
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The Sugbo Ambassadors with Mr. Teodorico Adarna, owner of Temple of Leah

Rates & Other Information

  • Visiting hours: 7AM to 6PM daily
  • Entrance fee: ₱100 per person (10 years old and below are free)
  • Parking fee: ₱100 if inside the premises; free if outside but limited slots only
  • Other fees: ₱2,500 for professional photography for events
  • Contact number: (032) 233-5032

How to get there?

Exact location: Landon Heights Roosevelt, Busay, Cebu City — few meters away from Temple of Leah and Mountain View Nature’s Park, and 15-20 minutes away from JY Square or city proper.

BY HABAL-HABAL: Ride a motorbike (max of 2 persons per bike), near or surrounding from JY Square Mall in Lahug. It would cost only ₱100 per head per way – ₱150 for 2 people. You may need to pay more and schedule ahead if you want a ride back from the city.

BY TAXI/GRAB: T\Max of 4 persons only per car. Some drivers might be okay with it, some are not. Some might ask for more, so be understanding and negotiate well since the road is a bit steep. Estimated cost is ₱200-250 per way from the city (Ayala Center).

BY CAR: This is the best option, if you want to have peace of mind and not worry about your way back home. The road is concrete and well-maintained, but a bit steep so it’s safe to bring your own car. Parking space is also available. Just navigate via Waze or Google Maps and set your destination to “Temple of Leah”.

BY CAR RENTAL: You can rent a car or book an uphill tour with our trusted travel partner, SquadPH Tours and Travels.

Cheryl Navarro
"Cebu is my home away from home."  

Mechanical Engineer | Catbalogan, Samar

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Comments

  1. Hello good day. Just wanna ask if the shuttle going to temple of leah still operates? If I may ask the location and the fare charge going back to city proper. Thanks

  2. Thanks for this information. I badly need these details because I’ll be travelling on Friday to Cebu for the first time and unsure on how to get there. I appreciate it.

        • For photoshoots, you need to book ahead of time. Though I suggest you check out the place first, see if it can meet your expectations, and inquire in their admin office (and perhaps ask for recommendations too).

          • Thanks for this Ram! Very helpful. By the way, do you happen to have their cellphone number?

  3. The place, on top of a hill, the view…breathtaking, constructions…on going,until when only God knows a lot of things on going, but you could see that its going to be a great tourists destination, a must see for everyone going in Cebu…

  4. i have read from the internet that temple of leah offers shuttle service and I want to ask the shuttle schedule hours

    • Hi Irish..
      They have no specific schedule of pick-up from IT Park. The last time I visited Temple of Leah, it says:

      “To minimize your transportation expenses in visiting the Temple of Leah, it has
      a shuttle service from Jollibee, I.T. Park going to the temple and vice versa.”

      I haven’t tried going there through the shuttle as I wasn’t aware of it. I only tried the return trip. It costs P15/person.

    • Hi Irish..

      They have no specific schedule of pick-up from IT Park. The last time I visited Temple of Leah, it says:

      “To minimize your transportation expenses in visiting the Temple of Leah, it has
      a shuttle service from Jollibee, I.T. Park going to the temple and vice versa.”

      I haven’t tried going there through the shuttle as I wasn’t aware of it. I only tried the return trip. It costs P15/person.

    • We are now in partnership with Temple of Leah and we are offering a shuttle service for them. We provide shuttle from SSY Center (Across Watsons, JY Square) to Temple of Leah, Tops Lookout and Lantaw. It’s at P120 per person for a round trip ride. You may check the full details at our Facebook page: Go To Tops

      • Helle sir were planning po to visit by april actual we had a confirm tour packages already so happened po na d po kasama ang timple of leah sa list of itinerary namin so we will be visiting the place with our own expense so plz help us if u have a contact number for us to call u upon arriving cebu city. by the way we will be staying at the fuente oro business suites…09072343425 plz give me a beep

    • You can ride 04H jeepney from Gorordo or Lahug (or USC Main), fare is P15-20. Or you can opt for habal-habal that costs P100-120 for 2 persons.

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