Bugis, Singapore

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Gone were the days when Bugis was a famous red-light district of Singapore but today a sanitised area occupied by small shops, street stalls and food outlets. Beyond these outlets, Bugis offers few attractions to see except for the few odd temples and colonial era buildings. Nevertheless, Bugis is still worth a passing through and enjoying the sights of the area.

 
 
 
 
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Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho
Also known as Guan Yin Tong Temple, this is a Chinese temple dedicated to Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. According to legend, wishes made at the temple  come true, which would explain why it's always packed. The procedure goes like this: enter, light some joss sticks, pray, then shake a container of "cham si" (bamboo sticks) until one falls out. Get a free matching slip with verses (also in English) explaining your fate and maybe take it to one of the resident soothsayers for more explanation. Admission is free and you can find the temple on Waterloo Street.
Chinese temple in Bugis, Singapore

Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho

Sri Krishnan Temple
This is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, the supreme diety in Hindu cosmology and an incarnation of Vishnu. The history of the temple began in 1870, when it was the site of a banyan tree with a few statues of dieties placed around it. The temple itself was built in the 1980s and located next door to Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho. The temple also receives Chinese worshippers making offerings to the Hindu deities. Admission to the temple is also free.

Hindu temple in Bugis, Singapore

Worshipers at Sri Krishnan Hindu temple

The Bugis MRT stations on the East-West line is the primary entry point into the district. If arriving by bus from Malaysia, you'll most likely be deposited at either the Queen Street bus terminal or Golden Mile Complex, which lie on the edges of the area.

 
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