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Thian Hock Keng Temple in Singapore

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Thian Hock Keng Temple – Traditionally Authentic Chinese Temple in Singapore

Thian Hock Keng Temple is the only one of many Chinese temples in Singapore adored by all ages and generations. Standing peacefully among the hustle and bustle of Telok Ayer Street, none of the passer by ever thinks that the temple was actually developed from a humble joss house in 1821 stood by the sea before land reclamation.

Here, you’ll see beautiful patterns on the roof ridge, tiles, wood carving, and other ornaments which mentioned as an outstanding traditionally authentic Chinese temple in Singapore.

A pair of stone lions is seen here guarding the entrance to the temple. These stone lions symbolize justice and honesty.

The devotees are always going to the centre of the main prayer hall offering their prayer to the Queen of Heaven who is flanked by Guan Ti, the God of War, and Bao Sheng Da Di, the Protector of Life.

According to history, this temple was erected by the early immigrants from China to thank Ma Zu or Ma Cho Po (or Mother of the Heavenly Sages in Hokkien), for protecting their journey and navigate them to the safe land from South China.

Thian Hock Keng Temple in Singapore

The extensive development of the temple from the joss house first occurred in between 1839-1842. It’s recorded that not a single nail was used in any part of its structures.

By the end of 2000, Thian Hock Keng temple regained its original beauty through a massive restoration works lead by architect James Ferrie & Partners.

It’s then received four prestigious awards such as UNESCO’s Honorable Mentioned, URA’s Architectural Heritage Award, the Singapore Institute of Architects’ Architectural Award, and the ICI’s Design and Color Award.

Some of the older generation of Chinese people in Singapore will always remember Thian Hock Keng Temple as the place which had given them peace, a refuge from hardship and war.

Today, a devotee comprises of Buddhist and Taoist worshippers continue visiting the temple asking for favors from the gods.

The temple is open for public and tourist. So, do you want to experience the rituals or witness the beauty of the temple? You may include a trip to this temple in your itinerary then.

How to get there?

Alight at Raffles Place MRT Station (EW14/ NS26) and walk for about 10 to 15 minutes.