Kuan Yim Shrine (Thian Fa Foundation)

Kuan Yim Shrine (Thian Fa Foundation)

Kuan Yim Shrine (Thian Fa Foundation)
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The area

Neighborhood: Chinatown / Yaowarat
Better known as 'Yaowarat' among locals, Chinatown is Bangkok's bustling district that never sleeps. During the day, the main street and its small alleyways are filled with a vibrant mix of colours, scents and flavours coming from the roadside restaurants and all-day markets. The real action, however, happens after sunset. Surrounded by neon lights, Thais and tourists alike flock here around dinnertime to feast on some of the best street food in town. Escape the chaos by venturing a little further from the main road and discover hidden shrines, friendly locals and daily life in its purest form.
How to get there
  • Hua Lamphong • 7 min walk

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BTS1972
Munich, Germany3,519 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This Chinese shrine is located right next to the Golden Buddha temple (on the other side of the road). The temple is in normal religious practice and provides an excellent example of a genuine Chinese temple. If you travel to the Golden Buddha, make a 30-minute detour - it is worth it.
Written March 26, 2023
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Abovetheclouds
2,073 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Solo
Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area. We did a half day tour of Chinatown. What I loved was the atmosphere with locals doing various rituals which was interesting to observe. There was also some famous Thai celebrity there but not sure who it was! Not huge so you don't need long. Don't make a special trip but worth a stop if you are in Chinatown.
Written January 10, 2022
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bkwrmgrl1
Kolkata (Calcutta), India65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
This temple is devoted to the Mahayana bodhisattva of Compassion and is made in a Chinese style. The image itself is carved from a single piece of golden teak wood in a beautiful, graceful style. It was sent here from China just before the Cultural Revolution. The walls of the temple are painted with beautiful Chinese-style murals depicting various gods and goddesses.

The temple is on the grounds of a traditional hospital that provides free medical care for the neighborhood residents, so make sure to give a donation if you visit.
Written March 12, 2016
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Kekai A
Honolulu, HI31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017
One of the highlights of my Bangkok. This place is off the beaten path and was worth all the effort I put into finding it. Now, if you're looking for a more modern temple, this is not it. The woodwork on the facade is incredible. Kun Yum (guan im I think they said) is peaceful in repose. I wasn't going to be able to do the temple in Hong Kong so getting to this one to pay my respect was key. Do yourself a favor and go see and experience, whether you are an adherent or history buff, curious George even…
Written January 12, 2017
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Marie W
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
Arrive at Yaowarat area and have to stop by. This is a temple with beautiful Chinese architecture and interior design. Great value if anyone has come to visit
Written October 1, 2019
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,031 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
The Kuan Yim Shrine or Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine is located on Yaowarat Road, about a ten minute walk from Hualamphong MRT station. Though referred to as a 'goddess', she is the Boddhisattva of Compassion in Mahayana Buddhism. The shrine is located next to the Thien Fa Foundation, a charity launched in 1902 to provide free traditional Chinese medical and care for impoverished people, and this has continued until today. Lovely murals of Kuan Yin adorn the walls of the hall. The Kuan Yin statue here is about 900 years old and is carved from sandalwood from the Tang dynasty art style. The shrine is popular with local worshipers as well as Buddhist from around the world. Spend some time here in quiet contemplation.
Written September 13, 2016
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Chang Percy
Taipei, Taiwan502 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
It is free to visit. The façade is colorful and splendid. Dragons on the roof are well decorated. The statue of Guanyin is luminous.
Written December 30, 2023
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,510 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
The shrine is in front of Thia Fa hospital in Chinatown. It demonstrates that people who are in need of medical care are supposed to be in need of spiritual care as well.

The shrine honors godess Kuan Yin (also spelled Guanyin) who is symbolizing compassion and health. A beautiful statue of her was imported from China in 1958 and has been in the center of the shrine ever since.

Many people (not only Chinese, but Thai as well) come to offer their respect by burning candles, bringing flowers and saying prayers. People visiting patients in the hospital as well as for instance students who need support for getting through their exams come to pray..
Written December 8, 2018
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UNOfamily
Braunton, UK176 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
Worth walking for about 10 minutes from hualamphong mrt station it's red gold and very interesting,speak with the many people who are around the shrine
It's good to take time out and have a little peace and contemplation here.
Walk into China town from here you can explore and will find it's a easy route back to the boats on the chao pray river if you choose to visit during the day.
Written November 23, 2016
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SEs
London, UK25,915 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
This is a beautiful Chinese temple close to China town. The architecture is beautiful and colourful.
Written July 23, 2019
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