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Tin How Temple, San Francisco

#33 of 49 in Historic Sites in San Francisco
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Tin How Temple (also spelled Tianhou Temple, simplified Chinese: 天后古庙; traditional Chinese: 天后古廟; pinyin: Tiānhòu gǔ miào) is the oldest extant Taoist temple in San Francisco's Chinatown, and one of the oldest still-operating Chinese temples in the United States. It is dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu, who is known as Tin How (天后, Empress of Heavens) in Cantonese.
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  • I was in Chinatown and went to see Tin How Temple One climbs up the stairs to the Temple. Its a active Buddhist Temple.  more »
  • For a real feel for the influence of Chinese in America, visit this temple. It is NOT a tourist area - it is a real working temple. Please be respectful. It is tiny, but great. There is a lot of.....  more »
  • Worth a visit whilst in Chinatown. Our tour guide from 'walks' Isabella made it easier to follow
  • Cheap stuff. You get what you pay for, but the kids loved it.

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