Located along the border of Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet, the Taoist Bell Church is an attractive and serene refuge reflecting the cultural and spiritual lives of the Filipino-Chinese community living in the “City of Pines.”
I have been to Baguio several times, but it was only recently that I got the chance to visit the Taoist Bell Church. From downtown Baguio, we just hired a taxi to get to this location. It is also reachable via public transportation. Just board a jeepney bound for La Trinidad and ask the driver to drop you off before the welcoming arch.
From afar, you’ll already grasp that it’s a space for meditation. Upon entering the temple, visitors are welcomed by two dragon structures facing each other at the entrance. There are lotus and fish ponds where you can throw in coins and make a wish. The entire complex reminds me of the Taoist Temple in Cebu City, but I prefer it more because it’s much closer to nature.
Typical to any Chinese temple, you’ll enjoy a visual feast of colourful pagodas, flags, bells, and sculptures that are Oriental in design. I am particularly impressed by the lavishness of the main altar and the artistry behind the statues of the Taoist Gods.
Walking uphill can give you a good panoramic view of the mountains covered with urban structures and houses. There are also zen-inspired landscapes, complete with lush gardens, flowers and benches, where you can spend some quiet time with your friends and family while escaping the hustle and bustle of the busy streets in downtown Baguio.
Indeed, the Taoist Bell Church is a quiet little place conducive to both relaxation and meditation. So if you happen to visit Baguio, make sure you don’t miss your opportunity to visit this temple. There are no entrance fees for visitors.