This temple, founded in 1851, is in honour of the patron deity of fishermen, Tin Ha0 (天后). In times past, fishermen would come here to pray for safety at sea and a good catch. Today, a wide range of people come to pay their respects, and tourists are welcome.
Although this temple is fairly small, I really loved some of the traditional details – particularly these huge incense coils which had an incredibly intense smell. Since it’s the Chinese New Year holiday, today the temple was full of people – many burning incense sticks, lighting candles or praying. It was fantastic to experience a local, active temple without feeling like anything was put on for show.
You can actually explore the inside of the temple yourself using Google StreetView! Although of course I’d still recommend making a visit in person to truly experience the atmosphere of the temple – the incense and chanting is incredible.