Ba Thien Hau Temple

Ba Thien Hau Temple, Ho Chi Minh City

Ba Thien Hau Temple
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Beautiful incense coils praising the Goddess of the Sea!
Jan 2020
A very interesting temple built, around 1760, by the first Cantonese settlers in "Cho Lon", the actual District 5 ("Chinatown") of Ho Chi Minh City. It has been dedicated to "Mazu", the powerful Chinese "Goddess of the Sea" and mixes traditions and beliefs from both Taoism and Buddhism. Along the centuries, "Ba Thien Hau Temple" has been continously restored and is perfectly kept. Check its interior, with statues, sculptures and innumerous artworks with, naturally, strong Chinese influences. Massive incense coils are suspended over the main prayer hall. You can easily buy a coil and have your name written on it in Chinese characters. The bigger it is, the longer it will burn! May "Mazu" (aka as "Thien Hau") protect your journey in Southern Vietnam! Enjoy!
Written December 4, 2020
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LewisH
Zimbabwe452 contributions
Calming.
Feb 2020
Being in such a manic city, this was really calming and literally just off of a side road. Allot of nice incents and statues to look at. Worth visiting.
Written September 2, 2020
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Frances L
United Kingdom263 contributions
Very interesting
Feb 2020
We didn't allow ourselves sufficient time to visit properly. We thought that about ten minutes would be sufficient. How wrong. We really could have lingered longer. The vibrancy of the interior was stunning
Written July 25, 2020
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Primepork
Essex, UK487 contributions
Interesting and spiritual temple
Mar 2020
An interesting temple to visit. Liked the incense cones. Very spiritual. Would definitely recommend visiting here.
Written July 8, 2020
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Gordon S
Guelph, Canada543 contributions
Worth a Visit
Mar 2020
The temple was worth a visit. It was active in that some people were actively praying to Buddha and lighting incense. One of the highlights was model having a photo shoot and I used the opportunity to take a photo or two.
Written April 17, 2020
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Lucy
Bournemouth, UK174 contributions
Great Chinese temple.
Oct 2019
I'd definetely recommend visiting this temple if you're in District 5, as it's a lot further out of the main centre it's a lot quieter, than most, and it was so ornate. very beautiful and a gret place to just sit and watch the day go by.
Written April 16, 2020
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annette m
Newcastle, Australia157 contributions
Small but very interesting & a long way out of the main centre
Dec 2019
We went to Cholon as part of a day tour and very glad we did as I don't think we could have realistically got there given that taxis have a habit of ripping you off and there is no subway. The temple itself summed up a number of the temples we visited in Hoi An - beautiful inside, old and with much unique incense coils and candles. Very ornate inside. If you are only going to HCMC, make a trip, but if going to other places in Vietnam, I believe you can see something similiar elsewhere without the hassle of getting there.
Written March 18, 2020
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WilliamWillieWilson
Nashville, TN925 contributions
A worthy stop at a poignant temple!
Jan 2020 • Family
The Bà Thiên Hâu Pagoda dates back to 1760. In a city of so many temples, this was our favorite, despite not being of the Buddhist faith. You don’t have to subscribe to a certain religion to appreciate a sacred and peaceful place.

Vacations are all about two things: having experiences you’ll never forget, and having the pictures to prove it! Of the thousands and thousands of pictures I took in Vietnam, some of my best came from this temple! The hazy atmosphere of burning incense, the sunlight streaming into the courtyard, the worshippers. This is a lovely slice of local culture.

Bà Thiên Hâu isn’t the biggest temple, nor is it the most ornate. But you’ll avoid a crowded tourist trap and find tranquility and beautiful pictures in a poignant setting.
Written March 16, 2020
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ashishdeora123
Jodhpur, India434 contributions
nice
Jan 2020
Buddhist temple dedicated to Chinese sea goddess mazu temple built in 1760 located in district 5 good place
Written March 12, 2020
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Jerome B
Columbia, MD953 contributions
Impressive Temple
Feb 2020
This mariner's temple is quite interesting and enjoyable to visit. Clearly not just for tourists as there was a steady stream of worshippers there during our half hour touring the place.
Written February 22, 2020
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