Ideal time : 1-2 hours
Entry Fee : No entry fees
Timings : 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
The Thian Hock Keng Temple is Chinatown's oldest and most important Hokkien temple, translating into a 'Palace of Heavenly Happiness. Also known as Tianfu Temple, it was built for the worship of Mazu, a Chinese sea Goddess. A tranquil refuge, the beautiful temple features highly symbolic architectural designs: the stone lions standing at the entrance supposedly ward off evil spirits, and phoenix and peony paintings (in the central hall) epitomizes peace and good tidings.
Built between 1839 and 1842, the Thian Hock Keng Temple was a favourite landing point for Chinese traders and sailors. The seafarers and immigrants of the Hokkien community gave thanks to Mazu for a safe sea passage on their arrival to Singapore. While at the magnificent temple, soak in the traditional Chinese architectural elements - the glaring porcelain pieces adorning the roof ridges, intricate sculptures of dragons, Pheonix and deities. The other intriguing architectural marvels of Thian Hock Keng Temple are the Scottish gates and Dutch tiles.
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