Temple of Leah is one of the top cultural and historical sites worth adding to your itinerary in Cebu City. Many call the temple the “Taj Mahal” of Cebu because it is also a mausoleum for a great love that never ends, even after death.
Teodorico Soriano Adarna had the Temple of Leah built for his late wife, Leah Albino-Adarna. Their marriage lasted for more than five decades. Teodorico and Leah are the grandparents of Ellen Adarna, a famous actress in the Philippines.
Located in Barangay Busay, the Temple of Leah began construction in 2012. There are around 24 different chambers in the complex; these contain a library, art gallery, bar and museum, just to name a few. You will also see statues of lions, angels and gladiators as you explore. You will see stone steps that lead to the portico and then the 10-foot high statue of Leah found near the lobby.
The easiest way to get to the Temple of Leah located on Cebu Transcentral Highway is to ride a jeepney with route code 04D, 04I, or 04H (Lahug-Busay) from downtown Cebu City. Ask the driver to drop you off at the street to Temple Leah. The attraction is within 5-minute walking distance. You can also join a guided tour with transfers.
Temple of Leah is an all-year-round attraction. Even though it is an indoor attraction, it is best visited during Cebu’s dry season, from December to May.
Temple of Leah is open to the public despite still being under construction. There is a minimal entrance fee (free for age ten years old and below), and it is open from 7 AM to 6 PM daily.