Timings : 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Time Required : 1 - 2 hours
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
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Well known as Wak Hai Cheng Bio, Yueh Hai Ching Temple is one of the oldest Taoist places of worship in Singapore. Located in Raffles Place in the heart of Singapore’s central business district, the temple is dedicated to Xuan Tian Shang Di and Tian Hou Sheng Mu, and is also known as the 'Temple of Love'. Yueh Hai Ching Temple has a mesmerising asymmetric layout that reflects Chinese architecture with immense Taoist influence making it a must-visit for people who love exploring ancient architecture or have a spiritual bent of mind.
In Teochew dialect, the name Yueh Hai Ching Temple implies “Temple of the calm Cantonese Sea.” Sailors used to visit this holy place to express gratitude to the Gods for a safe journey. Eventually, Yueh Hai Ching Temple became a shrine of hope for lovelorn singles yearning for a soulmate, leading to it being called as the Temple of Love. The gorgeous Taoist Temple is divided into two blocks, each housing its own presiding deity. The left block is dedicated to Ma Zu, or Tian Hou Sheng Mu, the Mother of Heavenly Sages. She is believed to ensure that the travellers embark on a safe journey. The block on the right is devoted to the God of Business, Xuan Tian Shang Di, also known as Duo Lau Yah, and Yue Lao, the deity of love and marriage. The glorious temple also houses the statue of the Gambler Brother, with coins around his neck. He is said to bless people with good luck and wealth.