Though I am a Catholic, I have this fascination with Buddhism, Hinduism and Temples. We all know that Singapore is a multicultural country dominated by Chinese, Indians and Malays so I took advantage of visiting their house of worship. I came across Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum while wandering around the Chinatown District of Singapore.

The temple's facade / main entrance

The four storey temple/museum with roof top and basement is based on the Tang Dynasty architectural style and the principles of Buddhist Mandala.

Tang Dynasty was regarded by historian as the strongest empire in the world during the eight century while The Buddhist Mandala is a type of art with spiritual and ritual significance.

It is amazing that this structure was completed in just two years (2005-2007). I read it on the net that the construction worth is approximately S$62 million.

Hundred Dragons - Maitreya Hall

Upon entering the main entrance, you will see the Hundred Dragons – Maitreya Hall. This is where services dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha take place.

One Hundred Buddhas

The side walls of the Hundred Dragons – Maitreya Hall are decorated with one hundred miniature Buddhas.  They’re for adoption with corresponding amount.

Universal Wisdom / Avalokitesvara Hall

At the back of the Hundred Dragons – Maitreya Hall is the Universal Wisdom Hall – Avalokitesvara Hall. The statue of Cintamanicakra Avalokitesvara has six arms with gold complexion and is placed in the center for worshiping purposes.


Acala and Amitabha

Along the sides of the halls are Zodiac Protectors. There are corresponding  protectors for each Lunar Zodiac animal like the photos above; Maha-Shtama-Prapta protector of people born in the year of the horse, Acala for the year of the rooster and Amitabha for the year of the dog like me.

Manjusri Hall, Aranya Gallery and Lotus Heart Tea House can be found on the second floor and Nagapuspa Buddhist Museum on the third.

The Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic Chamber is located at the fourth floor.  The gold Sacred Buddha’s Tooth Relic Stupa is the center of focus in this room. Photography is not allowed inside the hall.

At level 5, also known as Roof Garden. Its is filled with different plants and Ten Thousand Buddha Pavillion is located in the middle.

Inside the Ten Thousand Buddhas Pavillion

Amitabha Buddha (or Buddha of Limitless Life)

Inside the center of the pavillion is the Vairocana Prayer Wheel. Every turn of the wheel represents a recital of scripture and mantra.

Vairocana Buddha Prayer Wheel

praying at the main entrance

Buddha Toothe Relic Temple and Museum is located at South Ridge Road (corner Sago Lane) ,  Singapore. Opening hours is from 7:00am – 7:00pm including Public Holidays. Admission is free. Please wear appropriate clothes to show respect; no bare backs, sleeveless, off-shoulders, shorts or mini-skirts. Non vegetarian food and pets are also prohibited inside.


7 responses

  1. Beautiful takes bai! This reminds me I still have photos of the temples in the Chinatown of Saigon that I have yet to post 😀

    March 26, 2012 at 9:35 am

    • @allan
      salamat bai! abangan ko yang vietnam entry mo 🙂

      March 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

  2. wow! grabes o majestic! ang ganda ng pambungad,!

    March 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm

  3. I’ve been to the temple myself but your pictures are even nicer!

    March 28, 2012 at 11:50 pm

  4. What a great temple !

    March 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm

  5. @the wanderer – thanks for the comment 🙂

    @makati apartments – yes, maganda inside and out.

    July 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

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