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Tin How Temple, San Francisco

This tiny temple is the oldest Taoist temple in the country.

This tiny temple is the oldest Taoist temple in the country. It is dedicated to Matsu, the Taoist goddess of the Sea. Hundreds of gold and red colored lanterns adorn the ceilings, whose relative size depends on the size of the donation made. The lanterns are inscribed with the name of the donor, in the hope that it will bring them a long and fulfilling life.


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16:00

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About Tin How Temple

 San Francisco, CA, United States

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