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Tin How Temple

125 Waverly Place, San Francisco, CA 94108
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A snapshot in time of an old Cantonese temple

Situated in the Chinatown of San Francisco, walking into the temple is like going back in time. It... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2017
Awesome but... not awesome.

It's very hidden, so you have to look for it on the internet. It's exciting to see a piece of... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2016
Omi U
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A temple where tourists can light incense at the gilded shrine of Tien Hua, Protector of Travelers.
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good35%
  • Average19%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible9%
19 Jan 2017
“A snapshot in time of an old Cantonese temple”
26 Oct 2016
“Awesome but... not awesome.”
125 Waverly Place, San Francisco, CA 94108
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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

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 18 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 14 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
Reviewed 11 September 2015

We went because it was on our walking tour sheet we picked up from the hotel. I guess to say you've been there is okay, but I wouldn't make a special trip.

Thank sbaker2015
Reviewed 23 July 2015 via mobile

We had to use GPS on my phone to find. When GPS showed we were there, we still didn't see it. But because we had read all the trip advisor reports, we knew it was hard to find so we stayed put and played I...More

Thank Amber G
Reviewed 7 June 2015

While visiting Chinatown, we wanted our 2 teenage granddaughters to see a Chinese temple. It was difficult to find Tin How Temple since there was just a doorway with the name on top. We started climbing steps in what looked like a residential apartment. Forging...More

Thank NancyinDerby
Reviewed 28 February 2015

After climbing a staircase (and reading various things that we can't do in the temple) we entered it and were told: "No children!" and asked to leave. Strange I didn't know that I look like a child (there were only two of us, me and...More

5  Thank krzyk
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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