Anyone who lives in China tends to have a distinct impression about the people from the Fujian province. It is known that Fujian people like to explore the world outside of China. They often settle in the places explored as well.
The Fujian Chinese have been one of the biggest exporters of Chinese culture to South-East Asia since the 16th century. Six prominent families settled in Hoi An in the 17th century. Portraits of those family leaders are shown in the main chamber. They helped to convert this old assembly hall. It was turned into a place to worship Thien Hau, the Sea Goddess from Fujian, China.
The main chamber also shows a picture depicting Thien Hau crossing a storm in the sea to save the crew and passengers on a troubled ship. Thien Hau (or Mazu) deity is renowned throughout Vietnamese Chinese culture, with temples devoted to her across the nation. In the penultimate chamber, there is a sculpture of Thein Hau. She is accompanied by the red-skinned Thuan Phong Nhi, who has powerful ears, and the green-skinned Thien Ly Nhan, the one who possesses powerful sight. They would advise Goddess Mazu about any troubles in the sea.
Some visitors will offer blessings for safety during their travel. The last chamber has the heads of the six families shown along with the successors of these families since their migration. The Ba Mu is also presented here. Consisting of 12 fairies, they are known in both Chinese and Vietnamese mythology to teach newly born children the basic skills. The babies are taught basic expression and movement. Couples with Chinese heritage come to pray for healthy offspring and leave offerings such as fruit to show gratitude.
It is located at 46 Tran Phu St. This site is open daily from 08.00-17.00. Times are subject to change during low-season and public holidays.