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One of the most elaborate and beautiful temples in the whole of Singapore.
158 Telok Ayer St, Singapore
Thian Hock Keng Temple, also known as the Temple of Heavenly Bliss, is one of the most popular temples in Singapore with visitors.
The temple is dedicated to Ma-Zu-Po, the Goddess of the Sea, and once faced the sea – the spot where it stands originally bordered the shoreline, before the island was extended through reclaimed land. It was therefore often the first stop for new Chinese immigrants arriving in Singapore who came to pay their respects to Ma-Zu-Po, and give thanks for a safe passage.
The temple was erected in 1821, making it the oldest Hokkien temple in Singapore. Nearly all of the materials used to construct the temple came from China, and some even from the boats the immigrants arrived on. Incredibly the entire temple was constructed with bricks and wooden poles and without the use of any nails.
Take your time to explore the temple - wander through the courtyards and admire the rooftop dragons, ceiling mosaics, gold-leafed details and the intricately painted doors. You will find a statue of Ma-Zu-Po on the central altar in the main part of the temple, flanked by the Protector of Life and the God of War.