Ranked 169 among Places to Visit in Singapore
Time Required: 0.5 - 1 hour
The Thian Hock Keng Mural is a 40m long painting on the rear wall of the iconic 177-year-old Thian Hock Keng Temple. A gorgeous work of art displaying fine craftsmanship, the Mural tells the story of the early Hokkien immigrants of Singapore, right from the very beginning. Read from right to left, it beautifully depicts the struggles of the early immigrants, the pain they had to go through when they left their families behind in China, and the hard work and labour they put into building the Singapore we see today.
The Thian Hock Keng Mural was painted by Yip Yew Chong and was commissioned by the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan. It was unveiled by Minister Gan Kim Yong at the opening ceremony of the Singapore Hokkien Festival in 2017. The painting has mostly been done in tones of sepia, although bright colours have been used to depict flowers, balloons, lanterns, birds, special figures like statues of Gods and special events. Visitors can also use a special app called LocoMole and view the Mural in augmented reality. The best time to view this magnificent Mural would be on 'Car Free Sundays', which are regularly organized. On these days, the entire mural can be viewed in its complete glory, as there are no cars parked in front of it to hinder the view.
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