Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City-Philippines
A must place to visit Baguio is the famed Bell Temple or Bell Church , This was a last minute adjustment in our Baguio itinerary since everyone opted to visit this temple , forgo the strawberry and flower farm visit. This is near the La Trinidad arch border .
La Trinidad arch
entrance to the temple
This was the first itinerary before we visited the Ben Cab Museum last May 18, 2016 . The tour was arranged by Azalea Hotel and Mr. Melo Villareal , What i did was to go inside the temple and lighted an incense and pay homage to the deities of the place.
undulating walls with Chinese names
The undulating walls have Chinese characters written in red paint. I think they were the names of Filipino-Chinese and Chinese families who have donated money for the building of the temple and its upkeep. It also doubles as cement plant boxes .
Bell Church manicured lawn
Paifang or Pailou entrance to the temple compound
Bell Church is a Taoist church, and is open to public at 6am to 5pm. There were 2 lions that are guarding the entrance to the center garden . The architecture of the temple compound is a mix of traditional Chinese and modern ones.
Unlike my previous visit, photography is not allowed inside the main altar and the Kau Cim or Kau Chim is a fortune telling practice that originated in China in which the querent (person asking the question) requests answers from a sacred oracle lot.
Beside the temple is another hall in which we saw some children practicing Chinese martial arts. They also teach these children the art of lion dancing and other routines. These children sometime participate in Manila during Chinese New Year and some auspicious occasions.
day time blooming water lily
Unfortunately the person was not present in the temple , otherwise We have to try to Manila branch.
There is a water lily pond at the middle of the courtyard in which people throw coins to make their wish come true . There is another pond with a dragon fountain spouting water with dozens of kois and tropical fishes . There are a lot of bell design at within the garden and its garden.
The bell temple ground had beautiful landscaped gardens and gates leading to several sections . What makes the temple grounds beautiful are the flowering plants, bromeliads, roses, water lilies , ferns , orchids and annuals flowers .
Kok Fan bust
Kok Fan is also known as Ng Pee who is said to have founded the Bell’s Temple .
roses in bloom
Address: Magsaysay Ave., Baguio City
Telephone: (0917) 355-4788
Open Hours: 6:00AM – 5:00PM
Entrance Fee: Free