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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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February 7, 2014

baguio: tranquil morning at the bell church

Main Arch

After a great start of day at Mines View park, I was wondering where to go next on a chilly Chinese New Year morning in Baguio City. Then I thought it seems just appropriate to head to the Bell Church, a Taoist temple and famous landmark located on the border of Baguio and La Trinidad.

Related: Greeting the Chinese New Year in Mines View Park

Its only few minutes ride by cab from the downtown Baguio [you can ride a jeep heading to La Trinidad as an alternative], and with virtually no traffic, I got there in no time.

Dragon Guardian

I immediately noticed the long queue that extended from the gate to the highway.  Wondering whats up, I struck a conversation with of the locals while waiting in front of still closed gate.  I found that the temple has a tradition of giving gifts during the Lunar New Year, hence the long line.

Lining up for Chinese New Year gifts

Several people knocked on the gate and asked something in their local dialect, probably inquiring when they can come in.  Seeing the sign on the gate that says "Open 7AM", I figured the guard would let me in if I tell him I would just take pictures [besides its already a few minutes past 7AM]. So I walked up to the gate and asked, he glanced quickly at my tripod and camera, and ushered me in without a question. A couple of visitors followed suit.

Still closed

I was expecting a festive mood, given that its the New Year, but was pleasantly surprised to find a serene one. I honestly think its the best mood to see temples and churches in.

Leading up to the Bell Church

I have been here a couple of times before, together with crowds half of which are camera-toting tourists running around taking photos of everything, including inside the temple where taking photos is clearly prohibited. This time its refreshing to see only one camera-toting tourist running around taking photos of everything [except inside of the temple, of course] - me!

I did not stick around for the gift giving, which would be later that morning, but they were starting to lay ropes for the queue [to make sure the lines are orderly] when I left the temple grounds.

Enjoy these takes:


Lotus Pond

Main Arch 2

Bell Church Sightseers

Bell Church

Bell Church courtyard

Bell Church - Warrior

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Filipina Explorer said...

I looove Bell Church. And you're right, it is a very peaceful place especially when there are no crowds (went there weekday morning). Surprising for a temple in the middle of busy La Trinidad :)

Lantaw said...

its a piece of Shangri-la :)

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