Week 51 – My Family Trip To Singapore
My family trip to Singapore: 2013 Nov 25~29
This year, we went to Singapore mostly for eat and sleep and for places in Singapore that we have never been to. 😀
We have been to Chinatown district before, and used to visit Sri Mariamman Temple, which is the oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore, but never knew there is another great temple worth a visit, located not too far away from the Chinatown subway station.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum, located in the Chinatown district, at Bridge Road. The temple is based on the Tang dynasty architectural style and built to house the tooth relic of the historical Buddha, that is claimed that was found in 1980 inside a collapsed stupa in Myanmar.
The temple is huge. At the front side of the temple, there is an office desk offers services including adoption of Buddhist ornaments, books, ancestral tablets and artifacts, public participation in Buddhist ceremonies, offerings of flowers and lights and sponsorship of vegetarian meals, etc.
The temple museum has four floors, and on the top of the temple are pagodas and pavilions along with a small garden and at the center is a pagoda housing an huge prayer wheel.
The fourth floor of the temple museum houses the Buddha tooth relic. The third floor is a Buddhist culture museum featuring artifacts and relating the events from the Buddha’s life, and a chamber containing “sariras”, relics from the Buddha, his disciplines and eminent monks. Around the second floor contains exhibition showing religious art, and the first floor contains a chamber for ancestral tablets, along with a wax museum exhibiting images of prominent foreign and native monks.
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is really a nice place worth to visit. It is free entrance. Don’t miss out when you visit Chinatown district, and when you have chance to visit this temple, you may consider as well to offer some beautiful flower with candle light placed within a decorative glass, gold coins and meals as well.
On the following day, we went to visit Zhulin Temple Association. We took the longest route to get us to Bukit Gombak district. Zhulin Temple is located only 15 minutes away from the subway station. We should walked there, but that day was quite hot and sunny, so we took taxi to get us to the destination.
There is a beautiful Giant Guan Yin (The Goddess of Mercy) at the center of the temple. This place doesn’t offer cloths for tourists or any other visitors to cover their foot or arms when they wear short pants or mini skirts. So, prepare yourself before visiting this temple, otherwise you are not welcomed to get inside the heart of the temple.
In the afternoon, we visited Sultan Mosque. Located at Muscat Street and North Bridge Road within the Kampong Glam district. When Singapore was ceded to the British in 1819, Temenggong Abdul Rahman, the island’s chief, and Sultan Hussain Shah of Johore, under whose jurisdiction Singapore fell, acquired small fortunes in exchange for their power. Sir Stamford Raffles also granted the Temenggong and the Sultan an annual stipend and the use of Kampong Glam for their residence.
The area around Kampong Glam was also allocated for Malays and other Muslims. Hussain built a palace there and brought his family and a complete entourage from the Riau islands. Many of the Sultan’s and Temenggong’s followers came to Kampong Glam from the Riau Islands, Malacca and Sumatra.
After that, Sultan Hussain then decided to build a mosque befitting his status. He constructed a mosque next to his palace from 1824 to 1826 with funds solicited from the East India Company. With a two-tiered pyramidal roof, it was of a typical design. The original building was replaced with a new mosque.