Timings : Gate: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM, Halls: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Time Required : 1 - 2 hours
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
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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 the Buddhists. The monastery is famed for housing 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. Kong Meng San Phor Kark See is a must-visit for people interested in Buddhism and those wanting to learn more about the teachings of Buddha.
While at the quaint temple, see the sacred Bodhi Tree, the sapling of which was brought from the sacred Bodhi tree at Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka, which in turn 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 are other noteworthy features of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery. The shrine was originally built to provide lodging for Buddhist monks and to propagate Buddhism throughout Singapore. Today, it serves as a sanctuary for those who seek spirituality in urban Singapore.