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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.
As a result of restoration and preservation, the Hong San See temple was the first in Singapore to bag the Award of Excellence in 2010 by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. It was originally erected by the people of Fujian province called Nan An County. The Fujian migrants had imported construction materials from China. It so happened that in 1907, the government acquired this land for reclamation of Telok Ayer Bay and compensated the temple authorities with SGD 50,000. The trustees then used this amount to lease land on a 999-year tenure on Mohamed Sultan Road. The temple was then rebuilt on high ground with a view of the sea.
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