Week 9 – Burmese Buddhist Temple
Located at 14 Tai Gin Road Singapore 327873. This temple was founded by a Burmese, named U Thar Hnin, in 1875. Then, in 1878, the temple was donated to a Burmese physician, U Kyaw Gaung. The Buddha image in the main Shrine Hall is the largest enshrined outside Myanmar. The statue is 11 ft high, 9 ft 2 in wide and 3 ft 10 in thick. A solid piece of white marble weighing 10 tons was purchased at Rs. 1,200 by U Kyaw Gaung from Sagyin Hill, 30 miles north of Mandalay. The sculpture was completed in 1918 and was brought to Singapore in 1921 and enshrined at the third Milestone, Serangoon Road, Singapore before it was moved to the Burmese Temple at Kinta Road in 1925.
Inside the temple, there is the largest pure white marble statue of the Buddha, wall paintings on the ceiling describing the stories of the Buddha, a meditation hall that let devotees practise Vipassana meditation and more.
Shoes are not allowed inside the temple. It is free to take photos inside. This is the main Shrine Hall and the white marble Buddha statue. It is said that it is the largest of its kind outside of Myanmar.
This is the description of the story of the paintings on the walls. There are in English, Chinese and other version of language that I don’t recognize.
The story of HERMIT SACCAKA: “After losing a lively debate, the haughty hermit Saccaka refused to answer accordingly when the Buddha asked a question. Only when he was threatened to be beaten up be a celestial demon for his arrogance, only then did he finally realize his own folly and listened to the Buddha’s preaching meekly. This wholesome action of his would augur well for his future.”
The story of NALAGIRI: “When the Buddha was on his way to the city of Rajagaha, Devadatta ordered the release of the fierce elephant, Nalagiri, to harm Him. As the elephant charged towards the Buddha, everyone ran away leaving a mother and her baby on the ground. The Buddha radiated His infinite Compassion to calm and subdued the elephant before it could trampled the helpless baby.”
The story of ALAVAKA: “On the sixteenth year of His Enlightenment, the Buddha tamed the carnivorous Demon King, Alavaka who feasted on human flesh, to give up his habit on devouring as least one human being everyday. After hearing the Buddha’s Teaching, he henceforth gave up his habit, thus sparing the small child offered to him as food on that day.”