Long Hua Temple

The Long Hua Temple is a must-see tourist destination in Davao City, especially for those who loves temples. The structure itself and the walls of the temple are laden with slabs of Italian marbles and the grounds of the temple are landscaped marvelously with lush greenery of several types of flowering plants and numerous palm trees. You can even walk freely inside the temple and you can take as many pictures as you want, however the public cannot enter the tall tower that is behind the temple since it is strictly for those who worships in the temple. You can even talk to the monks about Buddhism and ask them for advice regarding your life.

Upon your arrival in the place, you will not miss the beautiful and the magnificent white sculpture of a smiling Buddha and the two figures of lions that are beside the stairway of the temple that seemed to be guarding the temple from rowdy intruders. There is a lily pond that is filled with carp as well as the green and the well-maintained surroundings that evoke a serene and a calm atmosphere that is very fitting for this holy place. The hall of the temple has high ceiling, and they also have well-polished floors that have several lighted candles that are lining the walls of the temple which is true to the tradition of Buddhism. The interiors of Long Hua adhere to the simplicity of the religion. It is very interesting to learn about the life of Buddha through the wood carving embellishment. This temple reminds us that even though we have different backgrounds and different religions, we can still co-exist.

The Long Hua Temple means “Temple of the Dragon”, and it is home to Kung Fu monks and nuns of the Philippine Academy of Sakya, which is a Buddhist religion movement. The entrance fee of this place is free, and they are open to the public everyday from 7:30AM to 4:00PM.

If you wish to visit this place, you can do so by flying from Manila to Davao, your airfare will depend on your airline. Once you reach Davao City, you can ride a taxi going to Long Hua Temple or you can ride a jeepney with a sign board that says Sasa or Route 10 or JP Cabagio and you can ask the driver to drop you off at the Philippine Academy of Sakya or just Sakya. The temple is located near the road so you can spot it immediately.