Guan Yin Shrine/Thien Fah Foundation
Type: Religious Sites
The Guan Yin Shrine, despite not being listed in most guidebooks, is actually one of Chinatown's most colorful attractions. Guan Yin is the Chinese Goddess of Mercy, and her 900 year old statue stands... Read More
The Guan Yin Shrine, despite not being listed in most guidebooks, is actually one of Chinatown's most colorful attractions. Guan Yin is the Chinese Goddess of Mercy, and her 900 year old statue stands on the altar inside the shrine. Thousands of locals come to pray here, and especially at holiday times, the shrine is a riot of incense and smoke and the atmosphere is extremely otherworldly. The shrine is part of the Thien Fah Foundation, which is Bangkok's oldest charity group, and the buildings surrounding the Guan Yin Shrine are actually hospital facilities, as the organization provides free medical care to the poor and homeless.
- Chinatown/Yaowarat's Best Attractions: "The easiest way to get here is to take the MRT Subway to Hualamphong Station, walk down past Wat Traimit (golden Buddha temple) to the Odeon Circle, and then swing right onto Yaowarat Road, with the shrine just on your left."
- Best for Chinatown/Yaowarat's Best Attractions Because: For its mystical atmosphere and great color, the Guan Yin Shrine should be on any Chinatown sightseeing list.