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Temple of the Queen of Heaven

Introducing Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven, Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven Guide, Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven Travel Guide
Article from China Culture

Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven, a famous Taoist temple in Tianjin City, was built to fete Goddess Tianhou (the queen of heaven). Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven is situated at the middle section of the Ancient Culture Street, Nankai District. The original names of the Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven include the Tianfei Palace, the Xiaozhigu Tianfei Palace, the Western Temple and the Niangniang Palace.

Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven in Tianjin was first constructed in 1326 during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Subsequently, Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven was repaired many times. Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven faces the east with the Haihe River running in front of it. From the east to the west, the main buildings include the Opera Tower, the Flag Pole, the Temple Gate, the Memorial Archway, the Front Hall, the Main Hall, Canon-Storing Pavilion, the Qisheng Temple, the Bell-Drum Tower, the Side Hall and the Zhangxian Pavilion, etc. The principal building of Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven is the Main Hall constructed on a high and large pedestal, which is of the typical wooden structure style of the mid and late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The architectural complex is one of the three major Tianhou palaces in China, and also one of the oldest extant Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven.

The main function of the Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven is to pray for navigation safety. Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven was a center of marine sacrifice in the past dynasties, and also a venue for sailors to have happy get-togethers. Besides ceremonial rituals held to worship the Goddess of the Sea, various performances with Chinese characteristics are often held here to thank the goddess. It is said that the lunar March 23 is the birthday of Matsu, the Goddess of the Sea, and folk flower fair is held in Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven annually to memorize her on the day.

As early as in 1954, the Tianjin municipal government listed Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven as a key cultural relics site under its special protection. The government has renovated Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven and opened it to the public as a folklore museum.

Quick Facts on Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven

• Name: Tianjin Temple of the Queen of Heaven
• Location: Nankai District
• Phone: +86-22-27282696
• Date: Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)
• Best Time to Visit: All year
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 1 Hour
• Opening Hours: 9:00-16:00 (Tuesday to Sunday)
• Admission Fee: CNY 10

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