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Wednesday 21 October 2015

Honolulu Chinatown: Temples

In Chinatown, there are always places to worship gods as the majority of Chinese are Buddhist and Taoist. The Buddhist temple at Honolulu Chinatown is the Kuan Yin Temple dedicated to the Kuan Yin the god of mercy. This ornate temple is the oldest Buddhist temple in Honolulu. The smell of burning incense filled the main hall full or carvings. I was only allowed to take one photo of the interior, so this is my only photo of the main hall with the statue of Kuan Yin at the centre altar.



The Taoist temple at Honolulu Chinatown is the Tin Hau Temple set up by the Lum Sai Ho Tong Society which was founded in 1899. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Tin Hau or Ma Chu who is the guardian of the seafarers. She is deified figure of a legendary child who saved her father from drowning.




Across the river of the Tin Hau Temple is a Shinto shrine, Izumo Taisha. This shrine was built by the Japanese immigrants in 1906. It was not returned to the Japanese community until the 1960s after being confiscated by the city during the 2nd World War.




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