Adventures in East Asia

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple - The Largest Buddhist Temple in Singapore

On our visit to Singapore, we were lucky enough to stay at a friend's place which was right next to the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple. Its the largest Buddhist temple in Singapore and as you can see in the photos below, the place consists of several interesting buildings with ornate features.


We were also lucky enough to have another friend who actually works in the design department of the temple, so we got a guided tour of the place.


Venerable Zhuan Dao built Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple in 1920 as a place of practice to propagate the Dharma and to provide lodging for monks, as there were many Buddhist monks who came to Singapore without lodging.






The grounds are quite well kept since the temple is apparently well-funded and still retains features that were once used, such as a well, but which nowadays is no longer necessary. This block below is a water tower, though I'm not sure whether this is still being maintained.


This photo below is the side of the Hoon Choon Memorial Hall. Check out all those air-con units along the bottom!


The Venerable Hoon Choon Memorial Hall seems to be the centre point of the temple and is a four-storey building that is equivalent to the size of a football field.


It was only completed in 2004 and houses the kitchen, dining hall, a meditation hall and offices for Dharma propagation and activities. The top storey is the Hall of No-Form, so named by the current abbot of the temple (who also commissioned the building) Venerable Kwang Sheng since it hosts one of Asia's largest and most magnificent bronze Buddha images.


The Buddha stands 13.8 metres tall, weights 55 tons and impresses many devotees. "The Hall of No-Form" was given as a name to "remind all that since all forms do not have substantiality or self-nature, no forms should be attached to. As all forms are changing all the time, there are no fixed forms, including those of the Buddhas".
The temple grounds also hosts a cute bunch of mini statues in various poses.




Monks were gathering at the time we visited..




This "fish" hung in front of a side door and apparently was used to bump the side of a bell to ring it, but is no longer in use.




More photos of the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple on Flickr.

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple on Wikipedia.

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03/04/12  at  09:29 AM
This is the most peaceful and relaxing place in Singapore. Also it looks and excellent and Magical at night if you see it from Airplane while flying over Singapore smile

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