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Tin How Temple

125 Waverly Place, San Francisco, CA 94108
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Respecting history, worth a stop

The steps and location seem daunting but the promise of seeing the oldest temple had us headed to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cheryl B
Not For Tourists.

Not a tourist attraction. Site for personal worship and not well kept at that. Little hole in the... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2017
Casey S
via mobile
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A temple where tourists can light incense at the gilded shrine of Tien Hua, Protector of Travelers.
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  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
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125 Waverly Place, San Francisco, CA 94108
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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

Thank Casey S
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

Thank TravlerMary
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

Thank bradshawgirl
Reviewed 19 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

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

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

1  Thank Indiana_Jonesse
Reviewed 2 October 2016

we climbed 3 flights of stairs to see this, wasn't worth it!! It's hard to find & when you find it, there is no explanation of anything there

Thank crieder58
Reviewed 17 July 2016

We visited the temple as part of a tour we were taking with Wild SF. The views were great from the top. The temple itself was very pretty. Lots of red lanterns hanging from the ceiling. They did not allow photos of them though. We...More

1  Thank nikolaik
Reviewed 13 July 2016

We visited here during a walking tour of Chinatown, it was an amazing experience. I suggest visiting with a guide who will explain the traditions and significance of the religious rites.

Thank reberiffic
As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's
Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique
neighbourhood decorated with colourful shops, historic
streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs
awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on
dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who
gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or
practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands,
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