Temple Crashing

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For those that have read this blog before you know that I am a big proponent of getting off the tourist path and doing some exploring wherever you happen to be. That happened recently while in Manila where I noticed a very large compound surrounded by a 8 foot tall solid metal fence painted bright green. The buildings inside where very ornate around the rooftops and appeared to be some type of Chinese Temple.

Tao temple in Manila

Never one to be to shy I knocked on the small gate and a gentleman working inside answered. I asked if this was a temple of some kind and he stated it was a Taoist Temple. Then I brazenly asked if I could come in and look around. He stepped outside onto the street and looked around and asked where I was from. After I told him he smiled and waved at me to hurry inside.

He seemed kind of nervous and I asked if he was sure I could come inside and look around. He stated I could look but to not take any pictures inside the main temple. The outside prayer areas were okay though.

I was inside the compound about 6 or 7 minutes when a vehicle pulled up to the compound and honked its horn to be let in. The vehicle pulled in and the driver looked at me, smiled and went to the parking area but that's when the worker got really nervous and said I should leave. I gathered it was one of the head guys and although he smiled wasn't too pleased the worker had allowed me in.

Tao temple in Manila

While I was there the worker and I took turns asking questions, me about the temple and he about where I was from and about me. It was interesting, beautiful and really cool.

That is why I love exploring places on my own. You never know what you might happen upon or who you might meet.

Next time your traveling do yourself a favor, get off the tourist path and explore a little. It can be very rewarding.


" Do yourself a favor, get off the tourist path and explore a little. It can be very rewarding. "
Bob is a 30-year traveler that has been to over 30 countries. Follow his travels at his blog The Traveling Fool.

Website: www.thetravellingfool.com/
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0 # Derek Freal 2012-04-10 18:03
Definitely some excellent words of wisdom right there! I wholeheartedly agree as well.. It's doing random things like that which lead to some of the most memorable and/or picturesque moments. At least IMO
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0 # Jared 2012-04-10 09:09
I could not agree more about getting off the beaten path. Interesting experience I bet your one of the few that has gotten inside those doors or at least one of the few visiting.
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