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Tin How Temple

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Tin How Temple

The oldest Chinese temple in the United States

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In 1852, Day Ju, one of the first Chinese immigrants in San Francisco, dedicated the Tin How Temple to the Queen of Heavens and Goddess of the Seven Seas. Red-and-gold lanterns hang from the ceiling to represent donors' gifts. Larger lamps represent the more generous donations.

When you enter the Tin How Temple, you may find elderly women preparing offerings to be burned to different Buddhist gods or to be used as currency for ancestors to spend in the afterlife. The 2nd floor includes a mah-jongg parlor, which is popular with those who enjoy the game. Take notice of the wood carving with gold-leaf that hangs from the ceiling. It portrays parts of the sea, protected by Tin How and other gods. A statue of Tin How is found in the back of the temple.

Tin How Temple
125 Waverly Place San Francisco, CA, San Francisco
Area
South Beach
Phone
(415) 391-4841
Hours
Daily 9am - 4pm