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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.
This four-storeyed architectural delight serves as an extensive museum on Buddhism, exhibiting Buddhist art and history that help onlookers gain a better understanding of Buddhist culture. A special museum is devoted to tracing the lives of the eminent Buddhist monks of Singapore. The Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic, the centrepiece of this fascinating temple, can be found on the found on the fourth floor, housed in a giant Buddhist stupa made of gold donated by devotees. Entry to the chamber is only permitted to the monks of the temple, but the relic may be viewed from the public viewing area. Apart from the display of rare artefacts, the shrine also holds cultural performances, talks and film screenings in a specially designated theatre space within the premises. The serene vibe of this holy site is amplified by the beautiful roof garden where one will find the world’s biggest Buddhist prayer wheel, topped off by an elegant pagoda.
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