A look inside Singapore's most popular temple

By Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jan 27 2014 12:45 PM | Updated as of Jan 27 2014 09:24 PM


A trip to Singapore is not complete without a visit to the city-state’s Chinatown district, which is home to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.

Many locals and tourists have been visiting the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum since it opened its doors to the public in 2007. Elements of the Tang Dynasty and the Buddhist Mandala inspired the design of the temple, which has five floors.

The main temple hall at the first floor has a height of 27 feet to accommodate the 15-foot tall Buddha Maitreya statue. The hall’s walls are filled with statues of 100 small Buddhas, with little Maitreya Gaus figures placed in their respective alcoves.

Around 100 dragon structures are placed at the top part of the main hall, symbolizing protection and vitality.

Visitors may take photos and say their prayers and wishes as monks do their morning chants. They may also watch the activities at the main hall from the mezzanine, which has a gallery of eminent monks from different parts of the world.

On the higher floors are a library, a shop and different exhibits that shed light on Buddhist culture. A “sacred light hall” can be found on the fourth level, where visitors can show reverence to the Sacred Buddha Tooth and do some meditation.

Photography is not allowed in the public viewing area, and silence is strictly observed.

At the top of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is a small garden highlighted by a pagoda, which houses 10,000 small Buddha statues.

With strong support from the Singapore Tourism Board, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum easily became one – if not the – most popular temple among foreign tourists in the city-state.

Just a few steps away from the temple are the numerous stores and dining areas in the Chinatown district, as well as an MRT station.

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is open to the public for free from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, including public holidays.

The temple implements a strict dress code -- no bare backs, off-shoulders, shorts and mini-skirts. Non-vegetarian food as well as pats are also not allowed inside.

View the slideshow for a look inside the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.

288 South Bridge Road
Singapore 058840