Temples in Singapore

Temples in Singapore

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Here is the list of 24 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. Sri Mariamman Temple

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Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, a Hindu deity known for curing illness, disease and epidemics. Built in 1827, this historic temple, located in Chinatown, has served as a landmark since due to the iconic sculptures of gods, goddesses and mythical creatures. It is greatly revered by a majority of the Hindu immigrants of Singapore, most of whom originate from Tamil Nadu in South India. The temple reflects the Dravidian style of architecture prevalent in South India. The gopuram, a typical feature of this architectural style, is widely regarded as an architectural delight, drawing tourists and pilgrims from near and far to admire the fine craftsmanship of this tower.

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3. 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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4. Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

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Located in the heart of Singapore's 'Little India', Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is a delight to the eyes with its colors and magnificence. Built in 1881, the temple is one of the oldest, and grandest in Singapore. It is dedicated to Veeramakaliamman or the goddess Kali, the fierce embodiment of Shakti, and the 'destroyer of evil'. The words 'Veeramakaliamman' comes from the words Veerama, the original name of the goddess, Kali, attributed to her fierceness, and Amman, a Tamil title for one who attains godly status. Built in South Indian style of architecture or Dravidian style of architecture, intricate sculptures, and beautifully detailed, vibrant art are seen both on the inside of the temple, and outside, on its Gopuram, or Tower.

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5. Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple

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The Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple or Sri Perumal Temple is one among the oldest temples in temples of Singapore. Located in Little India, this shrine manifests different incarnations of Lord Vishnu. This massive complex dedicated to Vishnu dates back to 1855. However, the 20 meters tall Gopuram is a relatively recent addition, built at the cost of SGD 300,000. The temple has a five-tier Gopuram, which was a donation from P. Govindaswamy Pillai, one of the earliest Indian migrants. He was the one responsible for setting up general and confectionary stores in the vicinity of Little India. The former name of the temple was Sri Narasimha Perumal Temple. It celebrates major festivals like the Brahmotsavam, Vaikunda Ekathesi and Purattasi Sani.

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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. Sri Krishnan Temple

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Impossible to miss while visiting Waterloo Street, the colourful Sri Krishnan Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and his consort Rukmini. Initially established as a tiny shrine under a banyan tree, the temple today comprises of a large prayer hall and a massive four-storeyed annexe, contained within a 1008 square metre compound.

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10. Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple

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Sri Senpaga Vinayagar temple is a temple of Lord Ganesha. Located in Ceylon Road, this shrine is over 150 years old. The temple was established in the year 1850 when the statue of Lord Vinayagar was discovered after it washed up on the banks of a stream near a chempaka tree. A Champak tree which stood on the bank of the pond acted as an identifying element to the Senpaga (Tamil for Champak) temple. Mr.Ethirnayagam Pillai, a Ceylon Tamil pioneered the building of the first structure with the help of Indian workers. It was a decent shelter with an attap roof. This delightful abode with the Champak tree became the temple of Sri Senpaga Vinayagar. In 2003, it was designated as a historic site. The Vinayagar Shrine is from the time of the earliest groups of Sri Lankan Tamil immigrants in Singapore.

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11. 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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12. Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple

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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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13. Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple

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Located in Little India, Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple owes its existence to a sole female devotee. She had a picture of Amman placed under a banyan tree situated near the present temple. The banyan tree was located at a common public junction where there were several wells and water points. Residents passing by the tree noticed the picture of Amman and started worshipping it on a regular basis. This compelled Mr Rengasamy Mooriyar to transform the premises into a full-fledged temple in 1935 and conducted the consecration ceremony. He sponsored the expenses out of his retirement savings.

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14. Sri Thendayuthapani Temple

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Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, on Tank Road, is one of Singapore's most beautiful and vibrant temples. Completed in 1859, it is also one of the oldest. Since the temple was built by the Nattukkotai Chettiyar community, who were Shaivas or worshipers of Lord Shiva, the temple is also often called Chettiyar's Temple. It is constrcuted in Dravidian, or South Indian style of architecture, whose highlight is the colourful roof, or the gopuram. The interior of the temple is large, and spacious. The pillars, and a part of the ceilings are done in a beautiful golden colour. The magnificence, and vibrancy of the temple led it to be gazetted as a National Monument in October, 2014.

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15. Sri Sivan Temple

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Situated at the Geylang Avenue in Singapore, the stupendous Sri Sivan Temple is a place of worship of the Hindu God, Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the temple. This magnificent temple can very well be considered as a modern structure, with the fusion of both South and North Indian architectural influences adding to the aura of this holy place.

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16. 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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17. 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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18. Siang Cho Keong Temple

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The sacred Taoist temple Siang Cho Keong Temple, formerly known as Zhi Yun Miao, was established in 1867 and reached completion after two years. The humble sanctuary was built on its chosen site because it is resembled good feng shui, with a sea in front and a hill behind this holy structure, and has stood on the same location till date. Several idols have been installed in this religious abode, including the presiding deity, Tua Pek Kong, the God of prosperity. Apart from that, the idols of Lu Fu Xian Zu, one of the Eight Immortals in Chinese mythology, Guanyin, Jin Qian Bo, Wen Guan and Wu Jiang are also present here among others.

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19. Hong San See Temple

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Situated at the Mohamed Sultan Road in the river valley region within the central area, Hong San See is a Chinese temple constructed between the 1908 and 1913. Hong San See, meaning Temple on Phoenix Hill, is built on a slightly elevated ground. Earlier, it enjoyed the sea view from its premises, but now all that can be seen is only concrete. The temple is still beautifully preserved and is an epitome of Southern-Chinese temple architecture. The place of worship is adorned with beautiful inscriptions and carvings of dancing dragons. Hong San See was gazetted as a national monument in 1978. Followed by this, the shrine went through an extensive renovation process during 2006 to 2010.

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20. Seng Wong Beo Temple

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Behind the curtains of modernity of the ever-growing city of Singapore are concealed the traditions of an ancient era. Sitting behind the crimson gates at Peck Seah Street, the Seng Wong Beo Temple, also known as the Du Cheng Huang Gu Miao Temple, has unflinchingly preserved the age-old practice of hosting ghost marriages. Devoted to Wei Ling Gong, the Chinese City God, this temple is where the wedding bells are chimed for the deceased.

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21. 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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22. Yueh Hai Ching Temple

A multicultural city like Singapore thrives with temples, mosques and chapels. The Chinese culture, being the most predominant, has given rise to several exquisite places of worship. Wak Hai Cheng Bio Temple, also referred to as the Yueh Hai Ching Temple, is one of the oldest Taoist places of worship in Singapore. Literally translating to 'Temple of the Calm Cantonese Sea', this quaint temple is a subtle reminder that the surrounding area used to be covered in turquoise waters prior to the land reclamation projects which pushed the shoreline outwards. Over the following years, major restorations worth at least SGD 10 million were made to this temple in due course of time and it was also honoured with the Asia-Pacific Heritage Award by UNESCO.

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23. 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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24. Sri Muneeswaran Hindu Temple

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Sri Muneeswaran Temple gets its name from the merging of the two words: 'muni' meaning 'saint', and 'ishwar', signifying 'god'. Considered to be the largest shrine in Southeast Asia dedicated to Sri Muneeswaran, this temple is situated on the Tanglin Halt Road at Commonwealth Drive.

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