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Thien Hau Temple, Chinatown

Thien Hau Temple Overview

Thien Hau Temple is situated in Cholon/Chinatown district of Ho Chi Minh City (1092 kilometers away from Singapore). As the name of the temple suggests, the temple is dedicated to the Lady of the Sea called Thien Hau. Many also call Thien Hau as "Mazu".

Temple Interior

  • The interior of the temple comprises of a courtyard that has been covered partially. There is also an altar to Thien Hau at the end of the courtyard. There are various exposed portions in the courtyard too and these comprise of incense burners.
  • The open areas facilitate nice view of porcelain dioramas that beautifully embellish the roof. The dioramas are known to exhibit scenes from a Chinese city. The scenes depicted belong to 19th century particularly. One can see resplendent figures of animals, actors, and demons, and also spend time figuring out pictures of European and Persian traders and sailors there.

Visitors can also use binoculars for seeing musicians playing instruments, couples in balconies engaged in conversation, people ensconced on rocky ledge and white crane loping etc. All these intricate details are exhibited on the roof.

Thien Hau Temple was established in 1760. Many say that the temple is also devoted to Long Mau, goddess of mothers & infants, and Meh Sanh, goddess of fertility. The temple is open from 6am to 6pm daily.

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