Thien Hau Temple in Ho Chi Minh City
Thien Hau Temple in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The Thien Hau Temple is a Chinese temple located in the Chinatown district of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It is dedicated to the goddess Mazu, who is believed to protect seafarers and fishermen. The temple was built by the Cantonese community in the early 19th century and is one of the oldest and most important temples in the city.
The temple is easily recognizable by its bright red color and ornate decorations. The entrance is guarded by two large stone lions and the interior is filled with incense smoke and the sound of chanting. The main altar features a statue of Mazu, surrounded by smaller statues of other deities and offerings from worshippers.
Visitors can also explore the temple's courtyard, which is filled with beautiful bonsai trees and intricate carvings. There is also a small museum on the temple grounds that showcases the history of the temple and the Chinese community in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Thien Hau Temple is a popular destination for both tourists and locals, especially during important festivals such as the Lunar New Year. It is open daily from 8am to 5pm and admission is free.
The approximate latitude and longitude of the Thien Hau Temple is 10.7505° N, 106.6845° E.