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Thian Hock Keng Temple, Chinatown

Thian Hock Keng Temple Overview

Thian Hock Keng Temple is known as a Temple of Heavenly Happiness. It is also reckoned as the oldest Hoklo temple of Singapore. Thian Hock Keng Temple comprises of main temple, which is dedicated to Mazu. The other temple is a Budhist temple and is dedicated to Kuan Yin. In July 1973, Thian Hock Keng Temple was declared a national monument.

 

Architecture

  • Thian Hock Keng Temple is constructed very much like southern China’s Thian Hock Keng. The architectural style is almost same.
  • The entrance gates on the sides have tiles colored brightly. The tiles exhibit universal Buddhist swastika, peacocks and roses.
  • The doors are guarded by lions, tigers, door gods etc.
  • There are two courtyards at the entrance of the temple too.
    There is also a shrine of Ma Cho Po in the courtyards.
  • The sides of the temples have beautiful pagodas. On the left, there is a pagoda that is expounded by shrine of Confucius. On the right, the pagoda havens ancestral tablets. These tablets are known to belong to the immigrants who are said to have founded the temple.

Thousands of tourists visit the temple throughout the year to feel sanctified and explore its beautiful architecture.

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