Ranked 144 among Places to Visit in Singapore
Time Required: 1 - 2 hours
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.
The structure has reached its present stature after going through not less than two renovations. Formerly, this religious abode used to be a small structure, with coconut plantations surrounding it. The first renovation of this temple took place in 1972. In quick succession to it, the Buddhist Temple was further expanded in 1988 in order to accommodate the number of devotees which kept increasing on a daily basis.
The Kuan Im Tng Temple is devoted to Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Once you enter the main prayer hall, you will come upon the golden idol of Kuan Yin, in all its glory. In addition to functioning a Buddhist place of worship, this sanctuary is home to the religions of Taoism and Confucianism too. This feature makes it stand out from the other temples, as it has managed to accommodate the essence of three different religions with panache into the "Xian Tian Sect".
If you seek peace and quietude, make sure to visit this place on weekdays. During festivals and on weekends, the divine air around this temple is filled with the scent of incense burnt by the worshippers, and a soft hum of prayers leaving the lips of the devotees reaches your ears. Kuan Im Tng should definitely be on your list when deciding what places to visit in Singapore.
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