Tianhou Temple, also known as Temple of the Queen of Heaven,is located in the middle block in Ancient Cultural Street in Nankai District, Tianjin City. Lying beside the sea and hence ships come and go frequently, ever since ancient time, the local people worshiped the sea-goddess in the Temple of the Queen of Heaven to pray for peace, and the incense is still burning in this Taoist temple till today.
Covering an area of 3,000 square yards (about 2,500 square meters) and facing Haihe River, the Temple of the Queen of Heaven is a building complex where the statue of the Queen of Heaven is worshiped. From west to east, the Zhangxian Pavilion, Bell Tower and Drum Tower, Qisheng Ancestral Temple, sutra depository, the main hall, the front hall, the memorial archway, the main gate and the drama stage were all located in an orderly manner. The architectural style belongs to the timberwork of the middle and late Ming Dynasty. In the shrine at the main hall, the statue of the Queen of Heaven looks serene and kind. She wears a phoenix coronet and embroidered rosy robe. Four maids in colored garments stand on both sides. Before the statue, the altar table is arrayed with apples, silk flowers and moon cakes offered by worshippers.
Highlights at Tianhou Temple
Every Tuesday to Sunday, "Impression Tianjin" theme exhibition is open to public in Tianhou Temple, Tianjin.
Folk cultural characteristics of Tianjin are vividly displayed here from various aspects of festivals, life etiquette, clothing, trade and business, recreation and athletics, faith, as well as treasures.
Tianjin is an immigrant city gathering with multiple nationalities, mainly are Han nationalities. People in Tianjin are simple and honest; they advocate mutual support, fight for justice, broad perspective and forgiveness. For hundreds of years, diversified and colorful folk cultures have been formed gradually. "Impression Tianjin" only chooses every aspects of festival, costume, business, residence, etiquette, folk arts, localism, recreation and athletics to show visitors the traditional life of people on banks of Haihe River.
The Temple of the Queen of Heaven is the oldest architecture in Tianjin. Built during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and rebuilt in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it is one of the earliest temples of the Queen of Heaven that exists in China till today. It is also where the Tianjin Folk Custom Museum is located. Even till these days, one can still find many pious worshippers coming to this temple seeking blessing. We can thus gauge the significance of this temple in the hearts of Tianjin populace.
1. Take bus no. 1, 605, 609, 610, 619, 632, 633, 641, 646, 670, 671, 804, 849, 904, 908, 954 or sightseeing bus no. 2 and get off at Dongbeijiao Station.
2. Take bus no. 15, 611, 658, 818, or 878 and get off at Beicheng Street Station.
|Admission Fee||CNY 10|
|Opening Hours||9:00 - 17:00 on normal days|
Closed on Mondays, unless it happens to be the 1st or 15th day of a lunar month