Built in the early 19th century, Thien Hau pagoda is the most famous sacred place in the middle of prosperous SaigonVietnam. This 200-year-old temple is also a peaceful spot to pray for the blessings for their families and loved ones.
Where is Thien Hau pagoda?
Thien Hau Pagoda, or Chua Ba Thien Hau, was built by a group of Chinese people in 1760 and underwent many renovations. It’s located at 710 Nguyen Trai, District 5, in the middle of Saigon Chinatown.
Considered one of the oldest Chinese temples in Vietnam, this spiritual house that has a great influence on the cultural life of the Chinese people.
How to get to Thien Hau pagoda?
Thien Hau pagoda is located in District 5, close to the city center, so it is quite easy to get there. There are three main ways:
Motorcycles: You can rent bikes and explore Thien Hau pagoda and other tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh city.
Taxi: Some reputable taxi companies are VinaSun, Mai Linh taxi
Hailing transport services: We recommend using Grab or Go Viet to order your car or bikes to get around the city.
Why is Thien Hau pagoda special?
For hundreds of years, since the first Chinese people crossed the sea to immigrate from their homeland to Vietnam for a new life, they also brought their culture, which contributes to enriching the culture of the South.
In the 17th century, Thien Hau temple was built as a place to worship Thien Hau Thanh Mau.
It is said that Thien Hau Temple has a great influence on the cultural life of the Chinese community living in Saigon.
Many sculpted lines, sculptures, artifacts, and historical values are still preserved in this sacred place.
The legend of Thien Hau
So who is Thien Hau? Why do Chinese people worship and worship her?
Thien Hau was born in Fujian, China, in 1044.
Legend has it that Mrs. Thien Hau was intelligent since childhood, and she successfully achieved enlightenment from a set of “secret principles” of ancient books she obtained. She often looked at the stars and predicted the weather and helped the fishermen in the area.
One time, she discovered her father and two brothers were in danger in the sea. At that time, she was sitting to weave fabric beside her mother, but her soul went out to save her father and brothers.
Unfortunately, she only saved two brothers, and her father was swept away.
Since then, the strange story of her miraculous ability spread, and she accidentally became a goddess worshiped by many fishermen. They prayed to her often in times of danger.
Best time to visit Thien Hau pagoda
Thien Hau Temple is open year-round.
On Tet holiday or the 1st and 15th of the lunar month, many people visiting this pagoda to pray for blessing.
Also, the pagoda will hold a festival on 23rd March of the lunar month every year. On this day, the statue of Thien Hau will be placed on the palanquin and carried around the nearby area. People head to the temple these days to pray for peace for their family and loved ones.
If you’re interested in local culture and customs, these days are the best time to visit.