Thursday, March 11, 2010

seng guan si temple

our last stop was the farthest but is still part of Old Manila Walks Big Binondo Food Wok map heritage trail. in fact this temple is considered as the biggest and the grandest of Manila Chinatown Buddhists temples.about fifteen to twenty-minute walk from Binondo's plaza and just a short walk from Tutuban center. walking under the heat of the sun was definitely a challenge knowing that none of us has been there.with the spire as our guide and people wearing red walking to that direction, it assured us that we're actually on the right path. the ground floor was filled with people and the smell of incense dominated.when we reached the second level, an open prayer room came into view. the place looked plain because of the limited kneelers but with the three grand Buddha statues it made the place look so majestic. i would consider it to be one of the most beautiful Chinese temple that i've seen so far in the country.the walls on top of the main room has a nice series of scenes that represented Buddhism' s very interesting history. a woman after praying, approached me and started sharing stories that gave me a glimpse of what the scenes depicted.it was very interesting because i never had the chance to explore in depth the history of Buddhism. thus, i didn't regret considering a visit to this temple to be our last stop. tiring yet it was all worth it.special thanks to Ivan Man Dy and Old Manila Walks for making the Big Binondo Food Wok map. i highly recommend you to join his tour of Binondo and to use the map when you return to the place. more thanks to bloggers cher,docgelo, ann, josh,and chyng, who joined this short Binondo walk.

23 comments:

tim said...

wow, awesome shots!!

Chyng said...

more thanks to you Doms!

sama ko sa Malabon! Ü

carlotta1924 said...

love the shots! been there twice and once naabutan ko yung isang ritual. didn't dare take pics tho kasi as in nag drop by lang kami ng friend ko dun. feeling ko baka kuyugin kami ng mga monks dun hehehe.

hey, lemme know when you plan to go to malabon ha. ok nga pumunta dun these days kasi maaraw. :)

sheng said...

The only temple i've been to is the Taoist in Cebu City, wanna go to other temples pa, but i dunno how to behave in there, it's kinda solemn na hindi ko alam ang rituals and i don't know what to do inside besides keeping mum.

Photo Cache said...

Love the group pic - all smiles.

The buddhas are really majestic.

Anonymous said...

crush ko si 4eyes

April said...

Awesome! These shots are so cool. ;D

April
Stories from a Teenage Mom
Mom on the Run

Lawstude said...

i have gotta try this binondo trip one of these days. mag-aya ka uli ha, sama ko.

Theonoski said...

this side of manila (binondo, escolta,etc.) i want to explore next time.great shots bro!galing!

Pietro said...

Wonderful images of the temple. I really enjoy them!

I am Xprosaic said...

heheheheh pareho kami ni sheng nakapunta rin ako sa taoist temple sa cebu... mahirap pumunta sa mga temple na wala kang guid ekasama dahil baka may mabreak akng rules nila dun sa loob... jejejejejej

Heart of Rachel said...

Great photos! That's a beautiful temple. I hope I get a chance to visit it.

docgelo said...

it was our pleasure, dom!
thanks at sa uulitin! =)

Bengbeng said...

i can imagine the fun you all had to be there in the temple as a group. the latest post fast food made me hungry :)

witsandnuts said...

Near Tutuban Center? Ah, I missed a lot. Never visited this yet. I'll take your reco that it is so far the nicest buddhist temple you've seen in the Philippines.

Have you visited the taoist temple in Cebu already? It's also nice.

Technology and Informations said...

indeed a place that can make me feel interested in the diversity that is there.

healthy live said...

wow ... a cool info that could make me more and more aware of good places.

Finance Business Corner said...

thanks for the info you've provided, maybe if I was given the chance I will go there.

Insurance Quotes said...

a temple, a magnificent and luxurious. thanks for your info.

Travel vacation said...

I like your info, a temple that is very good, I like it.

Technology said...

cool,,, a good info ..

bobby said...

really a good place and qualified. I like the temple, I'll come visit if I was given the chance.

7a'faR said...

I love this temple...




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