Adventures in East Asia

Singapore Chinatown Part 4 - Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Our final stop in Chinatown was the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. As it was towards the end of the day, the museum on the third floor was closed, but we still managed to wander through the rest of the temple, including the rooftop garden.


The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum was founded in 2002 by Venerable Shi Fazhao. It's dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha, which means 'The Compassionate One', and also called 'The Future Buddha'. It's an impressive example of Chinese architecture combining a timber framework and multi-leveled roof arches with intricate and decorative interiors.


When we first entered, Linh was given a shawl to wrap around her exposed shoulders.


It seemed we had entered at the back of the temple, but which still had this impressive sight to look upon. We were in the Universal Wisdom Hall and the figure was the beautifully handcrafted Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara sitting upon an elaborate lotus throne.



The walls around us were covered with Zodiac Protectors and smaller statues of Cintamanicakra Avalokitesvara. Some of the green "plugs" were empty and it appeared that visitors/worshippers could donate some money to get a statue added - for protection - according to the little sign below.



The statues grouped donators according to their zodiac animal year.


We walked around to the front entrance of the temple and came across the far larger Hundred Dragons Hall, designed according to Buddhist temple of the Tang Dynasty, and which has a hundred Buddhas enshrined on both sides of the hall..


Along with a massive bowl of donated packs of rice and other dried foods...


Taking a lift and stairs to the top, we saw the following rooftop pagoda housing a prayer wheel.


We didn't have any time to see any more of the temple but more information can be found on the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum website.


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