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Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple is one of Singapore's major Buddhist temples. It is a traditional Chinese temple and is dedicated to Kuan Yin or Avalokitesvara, the Goddess of Mercy. Located on 178 Waterloo Street, it has great significance in Chinese culture and to the Chinese community residing in Singapore. The Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple is a very busy temple, often crowded with devotees praying to the Goddess for good luck.
This popular temple receives the maximum amount of devotees on the first and fifteenth day of the Chinese New Year, staying open throughout the night on the eve of the Chinese New Year. The street in the front of the temple is filled with throngs of devotees, all eager to enter the temple hall and offer their incense to Kuan Yin in an attempt to give their year an auspicious start. Joss sticks and flowers are among the most popular things offered to the Goddess by the pilgrims. The temple is also very popular for its divination predictions which are claimed to be highly accurate. These divinations are explained to the people through a book, available in both English and Chinese. After visiting the temple, devotees often collect sweets and flowers at the door, which are considered to be blessings.
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