Ranked 76 among Places to Visit in Singapore
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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.
The Monastery houses one of Asia's largest Buddhist statues, located in the Hall of No Form. Made of bronze, this marvel is 13.8 meters tall and weighs 55 tonnes. Visitors can also see the sacred Bodhi Tree at the monastery, the sapling of which was brought from the sacred Bodhi tree at Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka, which had been retrieved from the Bodhi Tree of Bodh Gaya in India. The outdoor statue of Avalokitesvara situated between the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas and Dharma Hall is another noteworthy feature of the monastery. This charming temple is a must visit for all those who are interested in Buddhism and want to learn more about the teachings of Buddha.
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