Information about Lon Wa Buddhist Temple
Lon Wa Buddhist Temple
The Buddhist Temple of Lon Wa is a must see attraction in the city of Davao. This is one of the largest Buddhist temples in the Philippines and Mindanao's largest and Davao City's most famous temple. It is situated on J.P. Cabaguio Avenue in the district of Agdao, about 3 to 4 km northwest of Davao City Centre. Kung Fu monks and nuns from the Philippin Academy of Shakya, a Buddhist religion organization, live in Lon Wa or Long Hua, meaning "Dragon's Temple." Many Chinese tourists and migrants go to worship and respect this place. The architecture of the Temple is a marvel in itself. The walls of the temple are loaded with Italian marbles and the premises are beautifully renovated with lush greenery of various floral plants and palm trees.
The temple has a long, tall ceiling hall with well-painted floors with an enormous Buddha and a long line of lighted candles, the gold Thousand-Armed Kuan Yin, where the ashes of the dead temple members are maintained, and comprehensive wood carvings depicting Buddha's life are shown prominently. In general, the Temple is simple and austere. The serenity and the sweet smell of the temple make this sanctuary a welcome retreat away from the daily noise of the town and the toxic demands of city life in the Philippine region that otherwise was mostly Muslim.
The Temple, alongside J.P. Cabaguio Avenue in Agdao District, some 3-4 kilometers north-east of downtown Davao City and easily accessible by public or private transport. Jeepneys with Route 10 labels, or those with Sasa or J signs. P. Cabagiuo usually crosses the Temple route.