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Be Advised!! This is not your typical tourist attraction! It is an active Buddhist Temple!

Very interesting to visit and see first hand an active Buddhist Temple. While they invite anyone in... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2018
Timothy H
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Neat stop

I visited the Tin How Temple while walking around Chinatown. It is not well marked, so be sure you... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Beverly, Massachusetts
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A temple where tourists can light incense at the gilded shrine of Tien Hua, Protector of Travelers.
125 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108-1696
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Reviewed 17 November 2018

Very interesting to visit and see first hand an active Buddhist Temple. While they invite anyone in it is still an active place of worship and you are likely to encounter people praying.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Timothy H
Reviewed 23 October 2018

A small Buddhist temple in San Francisco's Chinatown. It reminded me of temples in Korea that are not in downtown Seoul. It is a place of worship and needs to be respected as such. The two woman there will try to answer questions, not a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

I visited the Tin How Temple while walking around Chinatown. It is not well marked, so be sure you know where it is ahead of time. After climbing up to the fourth floor, you are immersed in the traditional Chinese religion. No photos are allowed,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank lirwin13
Reviewed 7 December 2017

The steps and location seem daunting but the promise of seeing the oldest temple had us headed to the top. Having lived in Asia, we were very conscious of being respectful while there. The actual religious items were exquisite. The ladies watching over the temple...More

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank Cheryl B
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Not a tourist attraction. Site for personal worship and not well kept at that. Little hole in the wall up four flights of stairs. You walk through hallways of apartment doors and graffitied trash cans. Nice little balcony for an alright view of China town...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank 651caseys
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

We had a very hard time locating this place. Once there it was on the 3rd floor of the building. Once we got to the 3rd floor it said "No pictures" --ok I get that because it is a place of worship. However, the scowling...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Mary S
Reviewed 9 July 2017

During a recent walking tour of Chinatown, my sisters and I climbed three narrow flights of stairs into another world, the Tin How Temple. This small space is the oldest Chinese temple in the U.S., and it's fantastic. Bright red paper banners hang from the...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank bradshawgirl
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Situated in the Chinatown of San Francisco, walking into the temple is like going back in time. It could almost be in any similar temple in Hong Kong. You can see some of the very old carvings and traditions. Interestingly, if you can speak Cantonese,...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank taovictor
Reviewed 26 October 2016

It's very hidden, so you have to look for it on the internet. It's exciting to see a piece of culture so different to ours in the Western Hemisphere... It's a very small place, you have to go 3 floors up to get to the...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Omi U
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Some people who are not familiar with buddhism, taoism or any other spiritually may find this place boring with nothing to note for. For others, they can appreciate the climb up the stairs and spend a few minutes to view the decors, offerings and colorful...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Indiana_Jonesse
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