Chinatown, Singapore




Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
288 South Bridge Rd. Opening: from 9:00 a.m to 6:30 p.m. Admission: free
The four-storey Buddha Tooth Relic Temple towers above southern Chinatown. Completed only in 2007, the imposing main hall hosts a 27-foot statue of Maitreya Buddha. The sacred relic itself, reputedly one of Buddha Shakyamuni's teeth, can be found on the fourth floor (visible only during daily ceremonies at 9:00-11:00 a.m., 2:00-3:30 p.m., 6:30-8:00 p.m.). On the roof is the 10,000 Buddhas Pagoda, hosting a large Tibetan-style prayer wheel. Temples
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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown , Singapore

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Thian Hock Keng Temple
158 Telok Ayer St. Admission: free
This is the oldest Hokkien temple in Singapore, dating back to 1821, although the structure was thoroughly refurbished in 2000. The brightly colored, elaborate facade was constructed with ironwork from Scotland, tiles from England and the Netherlands, and dragon-ornamented granite pillars from China.

Sri Mariamman Temple
244 South Bridge Rd. Admission: free but photo/video permit cost SGD3/6.
Singapore's oldest and most important Hindu temple, worth a visit for the intricately carved gopuram (statuary above the entrance), which gives adjacent "Pagoda Street" its name. This is an active temple, so take off your shoes and don't disturb the worshipers. The Thimithi fire-walking festival is held here one week before Deepavali, in October or November.

Sri Mariamman Temple by Sengkang

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