Another interesting place worth exploring in Ho Chi Minh City is the Pagoda of the Lady Thien Hau, so called Thien Hau Pagoda. Situated on Nguyen Trai Street in the Chinatown district, Chinese style temple is dedicated to Thien Hau, the Lady of the Sea, known as a traditional Chinese goddess not specifically Buddhist or Taoist. The pagoda was originally built as an expression of gratitude by 19th century Chinese immigrants for her protection during their initial trip to Saigon by sea. While the pagoda itself isn’t the largest or most elaborate in the city, it is unique for amazing incense.
Every pagoda in the city has a pot for incense burning, and some hang incense from the ceiling, but here they take it to the next level. The pagoda is also outstanding with the elaborate dioramas that decorate the roof and walls. Made from porcelain in the early 1900s, the dioramas depict several different scenes, such as duels on horseback and fighting in arenas.