BUDDHA TOOTH RELIC TEMPLE AND MUSEUM
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 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.
Upon entering the main entrance, you will see the Hundred Dragons – Maitreya Hall. This is where services dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha take place.
The side walls of the Hundred Dragons – Maitreya Hall are decorated with one hundred miniature Buddhas. They’re for adoption with corresponding amount.
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.
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 center of the pavillion is the Vairocana Prayer Wheel. Every turn of the wheel represents a recital of scripture and mantra.
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.