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Located in Disrict 5, Thien Hau Pagoda is a 19th century buddhist temple dedicated to Lady of the Sea, Goddess Mazu. The temple features intricate carvings and lanterns on the outer courtyard, while inside are vibrant dioramas that depict scenes from a Chinese city. The main dais houses the three statutes of Mazu flanked by her guardians.
The temple is dedicated to Thien Hau, the Sea Goddess in Chinese mythology. The word Thien Hau is, in fact, the Vietnamese adaptation of the word Tianhou or the "Empress of the Heaven". This temple is dedicated to the sea goddess who was once a Fujian girl, Mazu. She is believed to have saved members of her family from the disaster at sea through her spiritual powers. It is now believed that she guards and rescues people at sea by flying on a cloud.
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