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Beautifully embellished, glided golden roofs, and a huge statue of Buddha. When you read these words, you immediately think of the sacred temples in Myanmar. However, the same also applies to the ornate Burmese Buddhist Temple in Singapore. This place of worship is the oldest Theravada institution and the sole Burmese Buddhist Temple with traditional Burmese architecture in Singapore.
Situated near the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, this colossal temple is guarded by two lion-like figures, known as chinthes. It is also home to a huge, pure white marble statue of Buddha, which is a sight to behold. Throughout the year, this magnificent temple holds various festivities. Of these, the Chinese New Year celebration is the prime festival. The monks light the Temple Shrine's Hall with bright lantern lights for thirty days. Each lantern is an offering by the devotees whose names are written on them. Every offering costs $50 and the donations go to the maintenance of the temple.
Also referred to as the Maha Sasana Ramsi, this marvellous structure was founded in 1875 and is a National Heritage Site of Singapore. Initially, the glorious temple was but a small, humble temple at Kinta Road. From there, owing to the incessant and untiring efforts of U Kyaw Gaung, it began to grow in stature and since 1988 it stands on Tai Gin Road with dignity.
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