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Tin How Temple

Tin How Temple
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Type of Attraction
Religious, Buildings & Monuments
Interests That Apply
Religion, Architecture, Local Culture, Art, History
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Price: Free
Donations are appreciated.
Is there parking?: No
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch
Restrooms: Not Available
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Tin How Temple

Oldest Chinese Temple in the U.S.

Expert Pick Off The Beaten Path

125 Waverly St
San Francisco, CA 94108


Tucked away in an alley in the heart of San Francisco's China Town lies the oldest Chinese temple in the United States. Established in 1825, Tin How Temple was built by one of the first Chinese immigrants in San Francisco and is dedicated to the goddess of the sea. In order to visit the temple, you must climb three flights of narrow and steep stairs where the interior reveals a small room adorned with a sea of red and gold lanterns hanging from the detailed wood-carved ceiling, the thick smell of incense burning, and an altar that is piled with offerings and gifts in front of the statue of Tin How.

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Times & Dates

Open Hours: 9am-4pm, daily
Visit Time: 30min-1hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: Free
Price Notes: Donations are appreciated.


Indoor with no climate control.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Solo Travelers


Nearest Train or Bus: MUNI BUS: 1 California
Best Modes of Transportation: Walking
Parking Availability: No

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