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Temple of Leah, Cebu Transcentral Highway, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Opening hours
06:00 - 23:00
Distance from center
1.2 km
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Temple of Leah

Temple of Leah

The 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. In the last decade, it has become one of the most popular attractions in Cebu.

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, an art gallery, a bar, and a 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.


How to get there

The easiest way to get to the Temple of Leah, which is located on the 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 a 5-minute walk away from the street. You can also join guided Cebu tours with transfers.


Best time to visit

The Temple of Leah is an all-year-round attraction. But even though it is an indoor attraction, it is best visited during Cebu’s dry season, from December to May.


Entrance fee

The Temple of Leah is open to the public despite still being under construction. There is a minimal entrance fee (free for those aged ten years old and below), and it is open from 7 AM to 6 PM daily.


Frequently asked questions

Why should I visit the Temple of Leah?

Aside from the amazing travel photos you can get given the exquisite architecture of the building, you will be able to learn more about the dedication and love of a husband to his wife. The temple also provides stunning views of the Cebu countryside from its location.

Who owns Temple of Leah in Cebu?

Teodorico Soriano Adarna, grandfather of celebrity Ellen Adarna, is the man behind this well-known attraction in Cebu.

Why is the Temple of Leah called the "Taj Mahal of Cebu"?

It is often dubbed so because, similar to the Taj Mahal in India, the Temple of Leah was created by a husband to honor his late wife.

What are some of the nearby landmarks I can visit after Temple of Leah?

Temple of Leah is often visited alongside Sirao Flower Farm, Taoist Temple, Magellan’s Cross, and many more.

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