The Thien Hau Temple is a temple dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu, the deified form of the medieval Hokkien girl Lin Moniang, located in Los Angeles's Chinatown in California, United States. It is one of the more popular areas for worship and tourism among Asian residents in the Los Angeles area. In addition to Mazu, the temple venerates the war god Guan Yu and the earth god Fu De.Thien Hau Temple is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
The temple is affiliated with the Camau Association of America, a local benevolent, cultural and religious association primarily serving the local Chinese-Vietnamese refugees from Cà Mau Province, Vietnam. The group also supports Chinese, Vietnamese, Teochew and Thai Chinese communities.
The original building of the temple was a former Italian Christian church located within what was formerly Little Italy; the building was purchased in the 1980s. Under a strong faith-based community in and outside of Chinatown, the temple was able to raise a great deal of donated money with which to build a larger temple hall. Construction of the new temple was completed and dedicated on September 2005. A new ancestral memorial hall was consecrated the following month.
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Better place to love and understand Taoist traditions! I loved that circled incense sticks at the temple.. their tradition of worshipping!! Must visit if you love to learn other cultures... more »
Thien Hau Temple is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever had the pleasure to enter. I would highly recommend a visit to the temple for anyone staying in or visiting China Town LA more »
Beautiful temple. Loved the statues, the lanterns, everything. I did not take pictures of the inside, I felt it would be disrespectful. It is a must see!!
This Taoist temple located in Chinatown is very interesting to visit. We felt like we had left the US and been transported to China upon entering. Apparently it is possible to have a tour if you make arrangements in advance, but we just wandered through. I would like to go back so that I better understand what I saw. Without a tour and with little understanding of Taoism it is a sea of elaborate red and gold decor, statues, offerings of fruits and other foods, and burning incense. Nevertheless, it was still very interesting and very sensory to spend time there.
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