SAKYA MUNI BUDDHA GAYA TEMPLE

If there is a video game name that will describe my Singapore trip, that would be Temple Run. No, I didn’t steal anything from the temple and chased by monkeys but visited all the possible temples in my itinerary. As what I’ve written before, I have this fascination with other religions like Buddhism, Hinduism and its place of worship.

Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple’s (right) facade beside Leong Sam Temple (left)

One of the temple I went to was the Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple popularly known as The Temple of 1,000 Lights. It is one of the most famous and visited temple in Singapore. A Thai monk, Venerable Vutthisasara built this temple in 1927. That is why there are strong influence of Thai architecture and decorative style.

Temple’s Entrance

Just like any other temple, you must remove your footwear before going inside. Upon entering, you will see the 15 meter, 300 ton statue of seated Buddha surrounded by lights. I was amazed, I haven’t seen a Buddha statue as big as that. There is also a reclining Buddha which is located in a small chamber at the back. Unfortunately, photography is prohibited inside the chamber. I am really tempted to steal a few shots since I am the only one inside and no one will see.

Buddha Images for the Seven Days of the Week

There also small images showing the life of Gautama Buddha. Also found inside are the statues of Ganesha and 4-faced Buddha, which is similar to Brahma. An interesting feature that shows the harmony between Buddhism and Hinduism.

The are exactly 989 lights surrounding the Buddha.

Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple is located at 366 Race Course Road. The temple is open between 8:00 am and 4:30pm. Admission is free.

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8 responses

  1. Sakya Muni Buddha is a prince before he became a preacher of truth. He is from India. Visited the China in his time. After he died, he was then became one of the holy saints. His teachings is similar to Christ. He left the World with 5 disciples. One of these disciples is formerly a thief. :-).

    August 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    • @Bonzeti – Thanks sa info. Nakapa interesting talaga ng story nya 🙂

      August 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm

  2. Interesting! I would love to visit temples and churches whenever I get the chance…

    August 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    • me too, i visit temples and churches pag may chance 🙂

      October 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

  3. Wow! this is a very interesting post. I learn a lot from you.

    August 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

  4. It’s my first visit on your blog and you converted me into an instant fan. Hehe. Thanks for another informative post. 🙂

    September 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    • hahaha! natawa naman ako sa comment mo 🙂

      thanks for visiting my blog

      October 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm

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