Singapore has a number of Buddhist temples and monasteries that are center of faith and attracts lot of people from the world.
A pilgrimage to the Holy Sites may just be the most fascinating and relaxing vacation you ever take. Visiting a Buddhist monastery and temple always provides one with a feeling of calmness, peacefulness, and serenity. In these religious centers, housing quarters are present for the monks, apart from training, teaching, and daily prayers. Singapore has a number of Buddhist temples and monasteries that are worth visiting. A visit to one of these temples is not only to admire the architectural beauty, it is also an excellent way to learn about the religion, culture and background of the devotees who worship there. Here we highlight some of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in Singapore that are worth a visit.These temples and monasteries reveal a whole lot of details about the past and present of Buddhism in Singapore. Amongst these famous Buddhist temples and monasteries are the Kong Meng San Pho Kark See Monastery, Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple, Siong Lim Temple and Thian Hock Keng Temple. This article showcases the most famous Buddhist monasteries and temples in the world, are:
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Hainan Temple is just one of Penang’s many landmarks to discover. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum was founded in 2002 by Venerable Shi Fazhao. It was registered by the Registrar of Societies in 20th February 2003, and as a charity under the Charities Act in 8th January 2004. The Temple is dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha, which means ‘The Compassionate One’, and also called ‘The Future Buddha’. Secure the lowest rates for your trip with Agoda.com at any hotel near Places of Worship. Find the perfect accommodation near Hainan Temple, with choices like the New Rope Walk Hotel and the Spices Homes.
The Hainan Temple also known as Thean Hock Keong or Temple of the Heavenly Queen is a Hainanese temple dedicated to the patron deity of seafarers, Ma Chor Po also known as Mazu, similar (in name with only a slight variation in spelling) to Thian Hock Keng Temple in Singapore.
Wat Satha Puchaniyaram Buddhist Temple
It was founded in 1963. Founder of this temple is Venerable Phrakhru Saddhanukul Foo Hong Kim. Venerable Foo is a Singaporean,
He was ordained as a monk in 1957 in Kedah, Malaysia. Venerable Foo has devoted more than 50 years of his life to spreading Buddhist faith and creating this temple as a enlightenment and worship for all.
Sri Lankaramaya Temple
Sri Lankaramaya Temple at St Michael’s Road is a peaceful sanctuary situated in the middle of major roads. Built in 1952, this is the oldest Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist Temple in Singapore. With a Stupa, a Bodhi Tree, Buddha images, and a Sima Hall, the temple is considered as a complete monastery under the Theravada tradition. Other key features of the temple include a 45-ft reclining Buddha statue and a life-like effigy of the King Devanampiyatissa showing his reverence to Arhat Mahinda depicting how Buddhism arrived in Sri Lanka.
Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple
One of the most prominent and widely visited Buddhist temples in Singapore, The Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple is often referred to as the Temple of 1,000 Lights. Founded in 1927 by a Thai monk called Vutthisara, you’ll notice the strong Thai influences in the architecture and décor. Walk into the temple and you’ll immediately notice the majestic 15-metre high statue of Buddha, surrounded by a seemingly endless chain of lights.
Thian Hock Keng Temple
The richly decorated Thian Hock Keng Temple in Chinatown is heavily visited by tourist groups and you will be asked to dress appropriately and refrain from entering the altar. The Temple of Heavenly Bliss is primarily a Min temple. Historically it was a meeting point for Hokkiens. The temple is dedicated to Ma Zu, the Goddess of the See, but it also worships the Goddess of Mercy and Confucius. Thus it is a temple for Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Most notable are the exquisitely carved and painted beams below the ceiling. At nighttime the locked doors look beautiful in the dim lights.
Shan Shuang Lin Monastery
Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery, with its rich and diverse history, exhibits a magnitude and splendour beyong description. Coupled with the eleven years of restoration work since 1991, this centry old Monastery has finally regained its glory. Undeniably, Shuang Lin Shall become a milestone in the heritage of Singapore .