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12 Tin How Temple

Tin How Temple

Tin How Temple
Tin How Temple over there, on the other side of the street, is the oldest Chinese temple in all of the United States, founded back in 1852. But originally, it was located in another street in San Francisco and then moved to this location, when it was rebuilt, following the earthquake of 1906. The entrance to the temple is through this little door here, which doesn't look anything special. But if you go inside and climb the stairs to the fourth floor, right on top of the building, you'll find the magnificent temple. And that's very common in Chinatown for the temples to be on top of the buildings because they think in that way, they're closer to heaven. You have to come early, though, because it closes at 3:30. No heaven for me today. It's definitely worth going in the temple up there, and if you do, you'll find a golden statue of Tin How herself, the goddess of heaven and sea. That statue first came to San Francisco all the way back in 1848 and even survived the earthquake and fires of 1906. Tin How was also the guardian angel of fishermen and seafarers. And that's probably why the Chinese settlers dedicated their first temple to her, because they were very happy to have made the very difficult sea voyage, all the way from China to San Francisco.
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