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.
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.
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.
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.
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.