Thien Hau Pagoda in Cholon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Thien Hau is a deity of traditional Chinese religion (Taoism and Buddhism). The Temple – also called Hoi-Quan-Tue-Tanh – is located on the Nguyen Trai Street in Cholon (district 5) in Ho Chi Minh City. The roof is decorated with small porcelain figurines. The interior of the pagoda is a partially covered courtyard. Inside there is the altar of Thien Hau, incense burners and spirals. When Cantonese immigrants established the temple towards the middle of the nineteenth century, they named the pagoda after Thien Hau, also the Goddess of Seafarers. New arrivals from China would have hastened here to express their gratitude for a safe passage accross the South China Sea. AL8_7615b

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