About Tian-Jin Temple

In 2012, Tian-Jin Temple, the first temple in Canada to worship the Chinese god, Kuan Kung, opened to the public in Burnaby, British Columbia.

The original Tian-Jin Temple, located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, was established by temple master Chen Yutang. Both temples' focal deity is Kuan Kung, a revered Chinese military general born in 160 AD, renowned for his remarkable feats in battle. He was later deified for embodying honorable virtues such as fidelity, righteousness, benevolence, and courage.

In 1995, temple master Millie Chen and Clement Yu founded the Chinese Taoism Kuan-Kung Association in Canada. Together, they embarked on the journey of building Tian-Jin Temple in Canada. The temple worships five primary gods and pays homage to numerous others throughout the year.

Originally constructed as St. John the Divine Anglican Church in 1957, the building was acquired by the Association and transformed into Tian-Jin Temple in 2010. The design and d├ęcor cleverly merge traditional and contemporary styles while preserving the original exterior structure. This transformation pays tribute to both the historical importance of the church and the traditional Chinese elements embraced by the temple.

Gods of Tian-Jin Temple

At Tian-Jin Temple, we worship five main gods and show respect to many others during our religious ceremonies throughout the year.

In Taoism, it's believed that there exists tens of thousands of gods and goddesses, each embodying various values and aspects of life, to whom you can direct prayers for specific needs. Each one has its own special story and history. Some have been worshipped for thousands of years, while others were historical figures who were elevated to divine status for their exemplary virtues.

  • Wooden painted statue of Kuan Kung in the Tian-JIn Temple main altar
  • Painted wooden statue of Goddess Kuan Shi Yin Pu Sa in Tian-Jin Temple main altar
  • Painted wooden statue of Ji Gong in the Tian-Jin Temple main altar
  • Painted wooden statue of Nezha the Third Prince in the Tian-Jin Temple main altar
  • Painted wooden statue of Di Zang Wang Pu Sa in the Tian-Jin Temple main altar

Exterior of the Temple

The architecture of a building often reflects the cultural essence and historical legacy of its time. When the Tian-Jin Temple underwent its transformation from a church, new architectural features were introduced to blend modern aesthetics with the original structure's charm.

A striking glass facade now adorns the temple's front exterior, accentuated by sculpted motifs of flowing waves and clouds. The original Christian cross was retained, repurposed to shape the "gold" Mandarin character in the temple's name, "Sky Gold Temple."

A newly added fountain pool in the courtyard, adorned with a hidden dragon motif, adds to the serene ambiance. Positioned prominently at the main entrance, a majestic golden incense burner draws the eye. Inspired by the ancient maogongding design from the Zhou Dynasty, the burner showcases intricate engravings of clouds and waves.

The meticulously tended gardens and stone pathways, diligently cared for by dedicated volunteers, provide a tranquil setting for contemplation and meditation.

Front-facing temple view of the glass exterior.

Main incense burner located outside the main entrance of the temple.

Regularly maintained garden and stone or pebble pathways for quiet reflection.

Second incense burner situated on the left side of the temple for Di Zang Wang Pusa.

The Mural of the Main Altar

As visitors step into the temple, they are welcomed by a grand mural depicting the celestial heavens. The altar, crafted in an elegant arched shape, showcases the celestial trio of sun, moon, and stars. This harmonious blend of artistry and spatial design was masterfully rendered by local artist Steve Hornung. Symbolically arranged, the depiction of the sun, moon, and clouds forms the shape of the yin yang, a prominent Taoist motif. On the left side, star constellations representing the Big and Little Dipper further enrich the celestial ambiance.

The entire mural is luminous in the dark, adorned with 2011 glow-in-the-dark stars, symbolizing the temple's inaugural year. Gazing upon this spectacle can create an illusion of the night sky swirling, mirroring reality.

At the apex of the arch sits the Jian Shi Ye ("Sword Lion"), who regards visitors from its elevated position. It clutches a sword in its jaws adorned with a seven-star constellation, symbolizing the vanquishing of calamities and obstacles.