I’ve learned about Seng Guan Temple from the book Street-Bound: Manila on Foot by Josefina P. Manahan.
Described as one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in the Philippines, the building is crowned by stupas, characteristics of Buddhist temples. Surprisingly, the Seng Guan Temple may appear small from the outside until one marvels at the spacious halls located on the second floor.
Henry, the very nice person who showed me around the complex told me that Buddhist monks from Taiwan would gather in the temple during Holy Week (They conduct their retreat during Catholic Holy Week since those days are declared as non-working holidays).
Henry told me a little history about the temple and how it was damaged fire during the 70’s.
According to Henry, the three gold Buddhas on the second floor are hollow and are actually made of silk-mache (instead of paper). Also on the second floor, is a mural showing the life of Buddha.
While inside the Seng Guan Temple, proper decorum should be observed since the place is not a museum but a place of worship.