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Chinese Temples of Singapore
Chinese Temples of Singapore (8 July 2006)
© Timothy Tye using this photo



On this page I celebrate the Chinese Temples of Singapore. The Chinese forms the majority ethnic group in Singapore. They arrived in large numbers following the opening of Singapore by Stamford Raffles. A good number relocated from Malacca, including many wealthy 19th century tycoons such as Tan Kim Seng.

There are many Chinese temples in Singapore. They range from small roadside shrines that have been somewhat gentrified, to grand temples. Although a substantial number have embraced Christianity, a good segment of the Chinese population in Singapore are Taoist and Buddhist - the line between these two religions are often blurred, to say nothing of the various forms of Buddhism, Theravada, Mahayana, and so on.

I will be updating this page regularly, adding Chinese temples in Singapore that I have described. Please check back every once in a while for new addition to this page.
  1. Beo San Hood Chor Temple
    Small temple on Race Course Road.

  2. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
    Newly built temple in Singapore's Chinatown.

  3. Burmese Buddhist Temple
    The only Burmese Buddhist temple in Singapore.

  4. Hock Siew Tong Temple
    Chinese temple in a Straits Eclectic building.

  5. Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple
    Temple of the Goddess of Mercy on Waterloo Street.

  6. Leong San See Temple
    Taoist temple on Race Course Road

  7. Poo Thor Jee Temple Temple
    Buddhist temple at Yan Kit Road.

  8. Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple
    Buddhist temple also known as Temple of 1,000 Lights

  9. Seng Wong Beo Temple
    Small temple where "ghost marriages" are conducted.

  10. Sin Chor Kung Temple Temple
    Small temple at the corner of Amoy Street.

  11. Tan Si Chong Su Temple
    Tan Clan ancestral temple on Magazine Road.

  12. Thian Hock Keng Temple
    Thian Hock Keng Temple is the oldest and grandest Hokkien Chinese temple within the Chinatown of Singapore.

  13. Yueh Hai Ching Temple
    Chinese temple on Philip Street in the Financial District of Singapore.