Public Question Asked by joshmeza about Singapore
is Yueh Hai Ching Temple an appropriate place to propose to my girlfriend? I've read that it is the "Temple of Love". Thanks!
The Best Answer
Answered by Rosalind Lim , Singapore, Singapore
It is one of the oldest temples in Singapore,also known as the Love Temple was built back in 1820s.
A black idol,believed to be the elder of moon deity Yue Lao sits in this temple with red strings and flowing beard. He is believed to be a matchmaker who ties red strings,symbolizing the presence of marriage,love & romance between couples who are destined for each other. Yue Lao is deity for happiness, preserving good relation ties with family, relatives and friends.
I dont know your actual reason for choosing this place,maybe it holds a special significance to u. But there are Lots of other more Romantic spots for u to propose to your other better half.
The Singapore Flyer is one example as recommended by Melvin. U can also take a cruise down the Singapore River & propose to her on this exciting & invigorating ride under the stars. In fact anywhere would be appropiate as long as the ambience is there. Even at a cosy restaurant after a candle lite dinner while sipping a glass of wine,reciting a poem u composed & proposing to her would be great. It all boils down to how much U're willing to spend. So there are lots of ways to do so.
Wishing u All the Best & CONGRATS :)
Answered by Melvin Sim , Singapore, Singapore
While the temple is one of the oldest in Singapore and the architecture is very nice, it isn't particularly a very romantic place being smack in the middle of the business district, surrounded by skyscrapers.
There is a certain special significance for people seeking marriage as the deity there, Yue Lao, was seen as a matchmaker and people would pray to him for a spouse. Since you already have your special someone, it might not be good to be at a place where people ask for a match. It might seem that you're still looking. :)
You might try proposing on the Singapore Flyer (especially at dusk) with stunning views of the city. The down sides are that it is expensive (min $1000 for a private capsule or $300 if you share the capsule but you a butler-serviced 4-course dinner is provided) and that there's no place to go to in case she says 'no'.
The Fountain of Wealth at Suntec City is another place. It's the world's largest fountain and the lasers can project your proposal message onto the water for you.
A cable car ride to Sentosa affords you the privacy and is a cheaper option or, take the ride over to Sentosa where the lush greenery makes a nice soothing background or head to the Cliff for good ambience.
The Botanic Gardens is another place where you have relative privacy but have a nice and green background, also the tree top walk at MacRitchie Reservoir. Another nice grassy area is Fort Canning, the old seat of power in Singapore before and during British colonial times. It's just beside the Registry of Marriages for that romance factor. :)
There are many places in Singapore to do the job. Pick one that is significant to you and your intended. If the temple floats your boat, go for it. It''s what it means to you both that counts.
Congratulations! Hope she says 'yes'.
Answered by Stiacy Theresa Tan-Yam , Boon Lay, Singapore
Answered by Karen Lye , Singapore, Singapore
Suggestions to you is to have candlelight dinner with romantic violin player in the restaurant with you cooking the meat in front of her to show your culinary skills to her.
Singapore Flyer is also another best idea with hotels located in the area to propose your wedding by staying in any hotels in the area for the night.
Answered by ursula , Singapore
I'm unsure as to where you heard that it is the temple of love. According to Wikipedia, the name of the temple means 'Temple of the Calm Sea'. And honestly? I don't think your girlfriend (Buddhist or not) would appreciate being proposed to there.
Instead, I'd suggest that you propose to her somewhere more romantic or meaningful, for instance where you first met, or, plan a day-long "date", and then propose to her at the end of it, say at dinner or when you return to your hotel room with petals strewn over the bed etc.
Personally, in my opinion, where my man proposes is not as important as how meaningful it is, especially if it's after a day of pampering. Bear in mind though that each girl is different and therefore has different preferences. You could do it in public, or somewhere private, depending on if she's the type that likes attention etc.
Dinner at Dempsey would be romantic, or the Botanical Gardens might be a good idea. Remember though, what counts most is what you DO, not where.