The Visitor’s Guide Book: 6 Oldest Religious Places of Prayers in Singapore
The ideas we subscribe to carry an invisible expiry date, especially when our ideas are limited to one of the facets. The idea of Singapore is limited to financial sophistication and shopping paradise for us, but there is more to the Lion City that we deny seeing, which is the culture of the city-state. The places of worship are both; the representative and evidence of rich, progressive culture the place has been nurturing and wrapped into.
Over the years, Singapore has built commendable sights for education and entertainment for contemporary Singaporeans to have a taste of modern life. There is no exaggeration in saying that the modern infrastructure has overshadowed the ancient infrastructure that was once built to represent the culture of the city.
At SeeSingaporeAttractions, we take you to those ancient structures of worship from different faiths, which affirms the belief that the coexistence of different faiths is very much possible and such marvels are as attractive as modern marvels. Besides being the instrument of faith, the temples, the mosques, monasteries and churches can be a great ambassador of what Singapore stands for today.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
The home of the Buddhism is located in the heart of China Town. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum houses, among other artifacts, a Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic – the reputedly the left canine tooth of the Buddha recovered from his funeral pyre in Kushinagar, northern India – at the 4rd floor of the building in a Sacred Light Hall.
A 420kg solid-gold stupa also houses Holy Scriptures of Buddhism in Eminent Sangha museum at the 3rd floor of this fascinating religious architecture that was inaugurated in 2007. The temple is based on the Tang dynasty architectural style, which has peaceful rooftop garden featuring a huge prayer wheel inside a 10,000 Buddha Pavilion.
Thian Hock Keng Temple
‘Temple of heavenly happiness’ that is what reflects Thian Hock Keng Temple. One of the oldest and the most important religious place in Singapore, Thian Hock Keng Temple is an epitome of remarkable architecture. Built in traditional Southern Chinese style, with stones, tiles, intricate sculptures and towering columns, the building was built without using nails.
Known as a Hokkien temple, Thian Hock Keng Temple is known for offering heaven like tranquility. Built between 1839 and 1842, the temple has the stone lions at the entrance to ward off evil spirits, while the painted depiction of phoenixes and peonies in the central hall symbolizes peace and good tidings respectively.
St. Andrew’s Cathedral
Singapore’s largest cathedral, St. Andrew’s Cathedral is a symbol of spectacular architectural skills of the British era. The cathedral stands tall on its base despite being struck by the lightning twice in the past and demolished. Originally built in 1832, the St. Andrew’s Cathedral was rebuilt by Colonel Ronald MacPherson in 1856
The Cathedral expresses its affiliation with the Anglican Communion in England through three symbolic objects, Canterbury Stone, Coventry Cross and the Coronation Carpet that was used for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey.
Sri Thendayuthapani Temple
Sri Thendayuthapani Temple is one of the oldest religious structures build in Singapore to reflect the Hindu roots in Singapore culture. Better known as the Chettiar Hindu Temple, the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple has a long-standing distinguished history where it is imbued with poetry.
Built by Nattukkottai Chettiars in 1859, Sri Thendayuthapani Temple is one of the most significant tourist attractions in Singapore. Wide area, airy position, and beautiful bordering qualify this holy place as one of the calmest places of worship. Also known as a temple of as Lord Muruga, Sri Thendayuthapani Temple has the most striking feature in its roof that is engraved with 48 glass panels to catch the rising and setting sun.
Yueh Hai Ching Temple (Temple of Love)
Yueh Hai Ching Temple reflects upon and represents the historic importance of Singapore for the world trade. One of the oldest Taoist temples in Singapore, Yueh Hai Ching Temple was built in 1820 by Chinese sailors and traders. Originally, the place was used to pray for safety from the rough seas.
As Singapore transformed from the colonial era, the temple becomes a happening place for the lovers in Singapore because of its unique location and environment. Visit this temple of love and tie red strings as locals do, and pray together to receive a blessing of eternal love and happiness.
The Sultan Mosque
The Sultan Mosque is a unique architectural marvel in Singapore that represents the Islamic-Saracenic style that combines ideas from Indian and Islamic traditions. Known in Malay as a Masjid Sultan, the mosque is the most important place of worship for Muslims in Singapore. The mosque features beautiful minarets and balusters. However, the mosque’s golden dome and the huge prayer hall are certainly the best features. The prominent landmark in the Kampong Glam Malay Heritage District, The Sultan Mosque was built in 1824 and has a capacity of 5000 people in mass prayer.
Categories: Religious Places