Buddhist Temples in Singapore


Buddhist Temples in Singapore

Here is the list of 14 Buddhist Temples in Singapore

1. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

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Located in the historic Chinatown district of Singapore, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a Chinese Buddhist Temple. The five-storey temple is famed worldwide for storing what is supposedly the left canine tooth of Lord Buddha, recovered from his funeral pyre in Kushinagar, India. The chief draw of Buddha Tooth Relic 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.

2. Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery

3.3 /5

Lian Shang Shuang Lin Monastery, known earlier as the Siong Lim Temple, is Singapore's oldest Buddhist monastery based at Toa Payoh. The serene monastery consists of seven different floors that are topped with a gold Pagoda and bears a likeness to the 800-year-old Fujian temple, Shanfeng.

3. Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

3.6 /5

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 the Buddhists. The monastery is famed for housing one of Asia's largest Buddhist statues, located in the Hall of No Form. 

4. Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple

3.3 /5

Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple is a Buddhist monastery situated at the Race Course Road in Singapore. Known for housing one of the tallest Buddha statues, the temple is regarded as one of the most significant religious sites in the Lion City. The 15 feet high statue and the architecture of the temple are known to be influenced by Thai, Indian, and Chinese styles.

5. Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple

Built in the 1920s, Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist temple is one of Singapore's oldest Theravada temples. The stunning mural depicting the major landmarks of the city and the spiritual aura of the temple are the major highlights.

6. Burmese Buddhist Temple Singapore

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Burmese Buddhist Temple, also known as Maha Sasani Ramsi, is one of the most popular among the myriad of Buddhist temples in Singapore, located near the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. This place of worship is the oldest Theravada institution and the sole Burmese Buddhist Temple with traditional Burmese architecture in Singapore. The colossal temple is guarded by two lion-like figures, known as chinthes, along with a huge, pure white marble statue of Buddha, which is a sight to behold.

7. Thian Hock Keng Temple

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The Thian Hock Keng Temple is Chinatown's oldest and most important Hokkien temple, translating into a 'Palace of Heavenly Happiness. Also known as Tianfu Temple, it was built for the worship of Mazu, a Chinese sea Goddess. A tranquil refuge, the beautiful temple features highly symbolic architectural designs: the stone lions standing at the entrance supposedly ward off evil spirits, and phoenix and peony paintings (in the central hall) epitomizes peace and good tidings.

8. Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple

3.6 /5

Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple is one of Singapore's major Buddhist temples, located at the Waterloo Street. Dedicated to Kuan Yin or Avalokitesvara, the Goddess of Mercy, devotees believe that they are blessed after worshipping at this temple, which makes it important to the Chinese community living in Singapore. Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple is also very popular for its divination predictions, which are claimed to be highly accurate.

9. 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 Singapore. In addition to being a temple, Kuan Im Tng (devoted to Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy) also doubles as a spiritual hub for the Buddhist fraternity and home to the religions of Taoism and Confucianism. It accommodates the essence of three different religions with panache into the "Xian Tian Sect". 

10. Leong San See Temple

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Leong San See Temple is a Buddhist place of worship located in Little India in Singapore’s Kampong Glam area. First built in 1926, this shrine is dedicated to Guan Yin or Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, the Taoist Goddess of Mercy. Literally translating to ‘Dragon Mountain Temple,’ it is famed for its intricate, ornate roof carvings and serene locale. 

11. Wei Tuo Fa Gong Temple

2.6 /5

The sacred Wei Tuo Fa Gong Temple is a Buddhist place of worship situated at the gorgeous island, Pulau Ubin in Singapore. Seated on a small hillock that offers a beautiful view of a nearby pond teeming with turtles and carps, this pristine temple houses shrines dedicated to different Hindu and Buddhist gods. The exquisite Wei Tuo Fa Gong Temple emits a serene aura which is perfect to meditate in peace.

12. 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.

13. Hai Inn Temple

The most picturesque Buddist temple in Singapore, Hai Inn Temple sits away from the buzz of the metropolitan, in a lush forest. Unlike the typical Buddhist temple architecture, Hai Inn is built rather modestly, which only add to its charm. The major highlight is Brahma Bell - one of the largest in the Lion City. Ringing it is believed to calm the souls trapped in hell.

14. Foo Hai Ch'an Monastery

Sitting somberly in the Geylang area of Singapore, Foo Hai Ch'an Monastery is known for the statue of Boddhisattva Guanyin - it is the first thing you see on entering the temple. A melange of Dharmic faith and Chinese architecture, the monastery complex also houses five-storey pagoda, the top floor of which houses relics belonging to the Buddha.

This post was published by Roli Sharaf

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