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Situated on the outskirts of Chinatown along South Bridge Road is one of the most beautiful and magnificent temples in Singapore – the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, which is named as such because it houses what is believed to be the Buddha’s tooth. 

The temple’s architectural style is an integration of the Buddhist mandala and the arts and culture of Buddhism during the Tang Dynasty. Free guided tours in Mandarin and English are offered on Saturdays, and basic meditation courses are also available for a small fee. 

The Buddhist Culture Museum is located in the same building, where the exhibition of Buddhist artefacts from Asia will hopefully encourage a deeper understanding of Buddhism. 

My family and I never fail to step into this temple whenever we are in Chinatown as we are drawn by its beauty and also, the temple offers some form of respite. 

 

Keeping in line with the Tang Dynasty design, the timber selected for the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum is a hard, dense and heavy tropical hardwood called “Yellow Balau”. It is durable and resistant to fungal decay and insect attack. 

 

Step into the Hundred Dragons Hall on the first floor and one cannot help but feel the tranquillity in the air. 

 

The museum serves as a one-stop portal for visitors to appreciate the life story of Buddha Shakyamuni and to understand the meaning of His key teachings (Dharma). 

 

Some background information on Chinatown can also be found in the museum – making it a great history lesson for both adults and children! 

 

The origin, building process and conceptualisation of the temple design is showcased in the museum. It was quite fascinating for us!


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