Relaxation and Wellness
Davao's Prayer Mountain: Enjoy Solitude in the Garden of Eden
Glen Santillan | Nov 26, 2015
The Garden of Eden Restored or Tamayong Prayer Mountain is the stronghold of Executive Pastor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ The Name Above Every Name, Apollo Quiboloy.
The garden is religiously significant but since its completion in 1999, it has also become a tourist attraction.
What brings people to the garden is the serenity that one gets when you enter its gates. Flowers from all over the world have been planted in the garden and its manicured lawns.
To ensure that the flowers are in bloom the whole year through, they change the flowers every two cycles. They also have their own nursery.
The flowers of Davao are showcased in a floral float parade during the Kadayawan every third week of August.
200 people maintain the cleanliness and order of the prayer mountain.
The 8-hectare garden is open to the public at PhP150/head. Only 100 people are allowed per day so you have to book in advance at (082) 304-0647/234-2866 loc. 123/0916-3789619/0949-1359173.
How to get there:
Major airlines fly daily to Davao from Manila and Cebu. From the Davao International Airport, take the Diversion Road or Carlos P. Garcia Highway until Ulas then head to Calinan.
Upon reaching the Calinan Jeepney Terminal, head to the Wangan Bridge to Barangay Sirib upto the Davao Pineapple Plantation. At Barangay Cawayan, take the road straight to Lower Tamayong where a huge signage of the garden is installed.
From Barangay Tamayong Brgy. Hall, turn left then straight to the Covenant Mountain and Prayer Center Gate #2. Going by private vehicle is highly recommended as public transport is unreliable.
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