The Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple is a Buddhist temple in Little India, and is more popularly known as the 'Temple of 1,000 Lights'. The temple is best known for its 15 metre high, 300 tonne seated Buddha which towers above you as you enter. At the base of this towering statue is a diorama depicting important events in Buddha's life. Make your way round the back of the statue to find a chamber housing a reclining Buddha. The temple was founded in 1927 by a Thai monk called Vutthisasara, and acted as a refuge to many people during the Japanese occupation of Singapore. It was also used by British prisoners of war to send messages back to England.