Thursday, December 22, 2011

Viaje Baguio | Side Trip to Bell Church

Bell Church, a hidden Taoist temple located at the border of Baguio and La Trinidad.
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This Taoist temple is one of Baguio City's famous landmarks that we're aiming to visit. So after our sweet strawberry encounter at the Strawberry Farm, we went next to Bell Church found at the border of La Trinidad and Baguio city.

A Chinese arch with well-carved designs of dragons and bells marks the entrance to this hidden temple. And as we entered this archway, there was a feeling that we're shifted to a different place. The bridge, the houses, the walls, all are tinted with hues of green and red, and statues of dragons and bells dominate the path that leads to the main entrance of the Bell Church. Welcome to China in the city of pines!

the bridge to the temple
Serenity is the word that defines the temple. If you're not Chinese or a Taoist, there's nothing much you can do around except feeling its peaceful ambiance.

If I were to enumerate the things I observed around the temple, here it is:
  • A pond filled with lilies occupies the center of the garden
  • Written on the walls are Chinese characters which I don't understand.
  • The temples name is displayed largely on the grassy lawn
  • Bells are the prominent figure you'll see around the temple, don't ask me why.
  • Fu dogs guard the entrance to the temple.
  • There's a pagoda located at a higher ground, and we're not allowed to go there.
  • Taking pictures inside the temple is strictly prohibited
  • It's quite pretty dark inside the Taoist temple.
  • There's a pay-per-pee inside the temple, it costs P2.00

Fu dogs.
Bells all over the place.
the Bell Church seen from the highway.

After a quick 15 minutes stay at the temple's garden, we headed right away to La Brea Inn for check out.

 
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Viaje Sagada-Baguio Series, Sagada-Baguio Trip for 7D6N (Oct 29-Nov 4, 2011)
Viaje Baguio | En Route to Baguio from Sagada - Part 1
Viaje Baguio | A Day in the City of Pines - Part 2
Viaje Baguio | Exploring Tam-awan Village - Part 3
Viaje Baguio | Strawberries of La Trinidad - Part 5
Viaje Baguio | Side Trip to Bell Church - Part 6





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3 comments:

  1. akala ko talaga Catholic church, Taoist temple pala... nice! :)

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  2. its beautiful.. 15 mins lang kayo nagstay? akala ko nung una sa cebu. binasa ko sa baguio pala hahha. wow mali

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  3. been in Baguio but I never had a chance to really sight see, I wanted to come back and I guess I wanna visit this place

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