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The Leong San See is a Buddhist shrine dating back to the 1900's. It is one of the most ornate temples of Singapore with beams carved in detail and roofs having elaborate, intricate figurines on them. This temple also functioned as a school in its premises. To accommodate more students, Mee Toh School was established right next to the temple in 1954. This shrine was a humble abode until philanthropist Tan Boon Liat was made use of his generosity and rebuilt it in 1925. Revered by Zhuan Wu, the shrine was originally named as Leong San Lodge where Reverend Chun served the sick with the central hut housing the Goddess of Mercy but was later renamed as Leong San See, meaning 'Dragon Mountain Temple'.
The temple now is a conserved building that was completed in 1926. For its constructions, materials were specially bought from China. The refurbished temple has an altar with a picture of Confucius who is believed to answer the prayers of expectant parents or parents who wish for intelligent parents. The main altar of this temple is dedicated to Goddess Kuan Yin, better known as Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara and is gracefully ornated by carvings of flowers, a phoenix and other such mythological birds. The entrance from the side of the prayer hall doors will lead you to the ancestral hall in the rear where a tablet is placed with names of the deceased worshippers. Occasionally, vegetarian food is also served to the devotees in this ancestral hall.
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