Buddhist Temples in Singapore

Buddhist Temples in Singapore

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Here is the list of 12 Buddhist Temples in Singapore

1. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

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The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Museum is a Chinese Buddhist temple found in the Chinatown district of Singapore. It is dedicated to the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic, said to be the left canine tooth of Lord Buddha which can be found in the shrine, constructed in 2007. The chief draw of the temple lies in its design and architecture, which has been extensively-researched to replicate the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty and the Buddhist Mandala.

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2. Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple

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Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple is one of Singapore's major Buddhist temples. It is a traditional Chinese temple and is dedicated to Kuan Yin or Avalokitesvara, the Goddess of Mercy. Located on 178 Waterloo Street, it has great significance in Chinese culture and to the Chinese community residing in Singapore. The Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple is a very busy temple, often crowded with devotees praying to the Goddess for good luck.

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3. Kuan Im Tng Temple

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The vibrant Kuan Im Tng Temple is situated at the heart of Joo Chiat in Tembeling Road and is thronged by devotees throughout the year. In addition to being a temple, Kuan Im Tng also doubles as a spiritual hub for the Buddhist fraternity. The temple preaches the religious sermons of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Through recitation of Buddhist Mantras, it teaches the accumulation of good karma. Taoist philosophies are preached in order to cultivate the body and mind. It also teaches how to incorporate Confucian etiquette in our everyday lives.

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4. Sasanaramsi Burmese Buddhist Temple

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Beautifully embellished, glided golden roofs, and a huge statue of Buddha. When you read these words, you immediately think of the sacred temples in Myanmar. However, the same also applies to the ornate Burmese Buddhist Temple in Singapore. This place of worship is the oldest Theravada institution and the sole Burmese Buddhist Temple with traditional Burmese architecture in Singapore.

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5. Leong San See Temple

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The Leong San See is a Buddhist shrine dating back to the 1900's. It is one of the most ornate temples of Singapore with beams carved in detail and roofs having elaborate, intricate figurines on them. This temple also functioned as a school in its premises. To accommodate more students, Mee Toh School was established right next to the temple in 1954. This shrine was a humble abode until philanthropist Tan Boon Liat was made use of his generosity and rebuilt it in 1925. Revered by Zhuan Wu, the shrine was originally named as Leong San Lodge where Reverend Chun served the sick with the central hut housing the Goddess of Mercy but was later renamed as Leong San See, meaning 'Dragon Mountain Temple'.

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6. Wei Tuo Fa Gong Temple

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The sacred Wei Tuo Fa Gong Temple is a Buddhist place of worship situated at the gorgeous island, Pulau Ubin in Singapore. It is seated on a small hillock that offers a beautiful view of a nearby pond teeming with turtles and carps.

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7. Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Centre

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The Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Centre is a divine combination of an educational facility and house of worship, a serene 5-storeyed structure lying on Lorong 12 in the Geylang area of Singapore. This spiritual sanctuary serves as the new location for the Poh Jay Temple, where one can also find a library, classrooms, a multi-purpose hall and a tranquil rooftop garden in addition to the main shrine and meditation halls.

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8. Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

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The Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery is Singapore's largest Buddhist temple, sitting on 75,470 square meters of land. Built by Zhuan Dao in the early 20th century, this Temple is located in Bishan and is considered to be a very sacred place by Buddhists. The shrine was originally built to provide lodging for Buddhist monks and to propagate Buddhism throughout Singapore. Today, the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery serves as a sanctuary for those who seek spirituality in urban Singapore. It propagates to visitors the wisdom and compassion of Buddha's teachings and helps them develop and practice mindfulness and appreciation for all things in the world.

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9. Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery

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Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery is a beautiful, huge Buddhist temple which houses Buddhas in different halls. Also known as Siong Lim Temple, this authentic Chinese Buddhist temple has a deep history of more than 100 years. The serene monastery was founded in 1898, but the complete construction was only finished by 1907. This national monument has witnessed the various eras of history and change, surviving drastic climate changes, World War II and many restoration processes. It now stands proudly as a seven-story pagoda with a gold-topped roof, which is a replica of the 800-year-old Fujian temple, Shanfeng.

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10. Thian Hock Keng Temple

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Translating into a 'Palace of Heavenly Happiness', Thian Hock Keng is a temple and a national monument. Also known as Tianfu Temple, it was built for the worship of Mazu, a Chinese sea Goddess. This shrine is one of the oldest and most prominent shrines of the Hokkien community of Singapore. The temple first started as a little joss house built during 1821-22, at the waterfront. The seafarers and immigrants of the Hokkien community gave thanks to Mazu for a safe sea passage on their arrival to Singapore. The temple originally ran along the coastline until the land reclamation work began in the 1880's.

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11. Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple, Singapore

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The Buddhist Monastery- Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple or the Temple of 1000 lights is a prime example of true devotion. The temple was built in 1927 by the Thai Monk, Venerable Vutthisara and is dedicated to Lord Buddha. The grand monastery attracts several visitors due to the magnificent statue of Buddha that is present inside the temple and stands a good 15 metres. This famous statue of Lord Buddha weighs about 300 tonnes and is one of Singapore's masterpieces and attracts people from all over the world.

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12. Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist temple

Built in Singapore in the 1920s, Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist temple is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries of the city. Since then, renovated and upgraded several times, the temple has now been extended to include a three-story residential quarter for monks, the pagoda, a meditation hall, Dhamma Wisdom center, museum, restroom, dining hall, Sunday classroom, etc. The stunning mural depicting the major landmarks of the city and the spiritual aura of the temple is further bound to leave all the visitors in utmost awe, peace, and serenity.

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