SRI MARIAMMAN TEMPLE

From the airport, we took the train bound to Chinatown where our hostel is near. We exited the station in the middle of Pagoda Street going to the South Bridge Road when I saw Sri Mariamman Temple. You will not miss this because this structure is truly a head turner with  lots of tourists and visitors gathering around its perimeter.

Pagoda Street corner South Bridge Road

temple's side wall along Pagoda Street

I stared at the temple for a few minutes, thought of shooting couple of photos but decided to look for our hostel first to get some rest. We were a little bit tired travelling with our packs and yeah, the sky light was not good for some snap shots.

temple's main entrance flock by tourists and worshippers

I came back here to shoot during our last day of stay, it is actually few hours before we go back to Manila. It was still dark and girlfriend was still sleeping when I left the hostel. It is best to shoot the temple’s facade during sunrise or morning because it is facing east (same with Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum).

Gopuram

Sri Marimman Temple is the oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore. It was founded by Naraina Pillai in 1827. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, known for her power of curing illnesses and disease. The structure is inspired by Dravidian style of architecture, which consists of pyramid-shaped temples with huge towers of intricately carved stones. The Gopuram or the entrance’s tower is the most distinctive feature of the temple. It is covered by figuratively sculptures of Gods, Goddesses and Mythological Beasts.  It is included in the National Monuments of Singapore because of its historic, traditional and architectural value.

temple's main door studded with gold bells

Like other Hindu Temples, Sri Mariamman Temple observes certain rituals and practices like removing the footwear before entering  and dress a bit conservatively as a sign of respect.

temple hall from the outside

The temple is open daily. Admission is free but there is charge of 3 Singapore Dollar if you want to shoot inside which I didn’t avail.

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6 responses

  1. Heather Rae Reed

    Beautiful photographs!

    April 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

  2. chyngreyes.com

    ah really? may bayad pala kala ko donation lang (anyway i didn’t doante too) toinks!

    April 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

    • Hi Chyng!

      May nakalagay dun sa signage pagpasok mo ng pinto. Pwede namang pumasok ng free yun nga lang sisimple ka sa pagkuha 🙂

      Di na ako pumasok kasi ipapangkakain ko na lang yung pambabayad ko. Haha!

      April 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

  3. excellent captures! ang kulay!

    the “temple’s main door studded with gold bells” seems to mess with my mind as i scroll up and down the photo. try it. 🙂

    April 17, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    • Hi Christian

      Thanks man!

      Yep, napansin mo din pala yun. 🙂

      April 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

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