The Thien Hau Temple (Vietnamese: Miếu Bà Thiên Hậu), officially the Ba Thien Hau Pagoda (Chùa Bà Thiên Hậu, "Pagoda of the Lady Thien Hau"), is a Chinese-style temple of the Chinese Goddess of Sea, Mazu on Nguyễn Trãi Street in the Cholon ("Chinatown") of District 5 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Thiên Hậu is the Vietnamese transcription of the Chinese name Tianhou ("Empress of Heaven"), an epithet of the Chinese Goddess of Sea, Mazu, the deified form of Lin Moniang, a medieval Fujianese girl credited with saving one or some of her family members from harm during a typhoon through her spiritual power. Although officially unrecognized by both the governments of Mainland China and Taiwan, the faith is popular in the maritime southern provinces of China and, especially, on Taiwan and among the Chinese diaspora. In Vietnam, she is also sometimes known as the "Lady of the Sea" (Tuc Goi La Ba). Mazuism is frequently syncretized with Taoism and Chinese Buddhism. For example, at the Quan Am Pagoda nearby, the two main altars are dedicated to Thien Hau and Quan Am, the Vietnamese form of Guanyin, the Chinese form of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.
Oanh Chung | Feb 6, 2018
It called as Thien Hau Pagoda. It seem to be rather ancient. Many people even tourists ( most of them come from chinese) come here to make ceremonial offerings, especially on traditional vacations or Tet. This is a work architecture that is influenced by Chinese Culture. We can see many dragon and phoenix sympol or pictographic curve engraved on the wall and the roof. They are really sophisticated and mysterious that you should trip here to admire
rizky hermawan | Dec 27, 2017
A small temple with awe sculptures and details ornaments especially at the roofing details. The smell and the smokes of the dupa and the beautiful rituals ornaments will enrich the atmosphere when you visit this temple.
Vincent Oliver | Dec 11, 2017
The smoke and smell of incense in this Chinese temple, together with the ornate architecture, give a rich, intense atmosphere. It was built by immigrants from Guangzhou, dedicated to goddess “Mazu”, who protects Chinese seafarers. Note that it is the image of Mazu that is the main shrine ( not Buddha!) You need time to admire the many carvings, and a guide will add value, unless you can read Cantonese! A souvenir shop is inside and also sells incense sticks or the coiled incense “cones” (VND30 000) you can light and have hung up for you.
Thanh Phan | Jan 17, 2018
Nice, old place. People well-behaved, friendly.
quang Tuyen Doan | Dec 17, 2017
This is the holy temple of Saigon Chinese , a spiritual place of the overseas community, today is the destination of tourists on the tour program when coming to the China area.
Norma Jean Vergara | Mar 17, 2018
A favorite stop for tour groups. I don't personally think that it's the best temple in the Cho Lon area, but I do appreciate the intricate details on the pillars. The temple does look very old. It doesnt have a solemn vibe at all due to the continuous wave of tourists.
King Lai | Mar 20, 2018
Old and rustic. The intricate woodwork is the real treasure. The staff there can speak Mandarin/Chinese
Fonz Row | Mar 11, 2018
A few hundred years old Chinese temple rest near the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh. Very historic and traditional.
Ngọc Lam Nguyễn | May 18, 2018
Beautiful place. Pretty different with many burning incense. Peaceful and serene temple
Grace Phang | Apr 18, 2018
Lovely details everywhere in the temple. Clean and well maintained, there's space and opportunity to admire the elaborate carvings, the old fashioned tiled floors and even the incense sticks!
Zvi Baratz | Jun 25, 2018
Beautiful Buddhist temple. Exceptional wood and stone ornaments anywhere you look.
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