Because there is something so fascinating about temples.
Singapore boasts many spectacular religious sights that offer insight into different cultures and customs. Specifically, beautiful temples. From Hinduism to Buddhism to Taoism, these places of worship are usually remarkable ancient structures with epic architectural works. Therefore, whether you’re looking for some spiritual enlightenment or you just have a general curiosity about these religions, you’ve come to the right place. Here are seven stunning temples you must visit in Singapore.
This Singaporean Hindu temple is the oldest and largest in the city. Locals will recognise it from its iconic colourful and detailed tall exterior in the middle of Chinatown. It was built in 1827 by Naraina Pillai, an Indian immigrant in Singapore. Prepare to be fascinated by the many statues within the compound dedicated to the Goddess Mariamman, known for her healing powers to cure disease and illness. Definitely, one of the most unique temples in Singapore for photography too.
📍 244 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058793
Based in Chinatown, this Buddhist compound is one of the most famous temples in Singapore. It was built in 2007, and is made from 320 kilograms of gold, with remarkable exterior and interior designs, and it even has a rooftop garden. With the building’s design being influenced by the Buddhist Mandala, you can expect to see a brilliant art and history, along with cultural works that tell stories over many centuries.
📍 288 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058840
During the 19th century, this beautiful temple, which is the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore, faced the beach and sea. Confused? Well, Telok Ayer Street used to be the waterfront. Hence why it is dedicated to Mazu, the Goddess of the Sea. Today, the architectural masterpiece stands among the bustling city as a tranquil place of worship. If you love art and design, or you are just eager to learn more about Chinese culture, this spot is a must-visit because it is drenched in heritage, traditional Chinese styles like sculptures of dragons, and much more.
📍 158 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068613
This spectacular Buddhist monastery has been a designated World Heritage Site since 1980. In 2002, the monastery finished an 11-year, millions of dollars remodeling project. The new project took influences from Chinese style and architecture. The most iconic new features are, arguably, the majestic 9.1-metre archway entrance and the 29-metre Dragon Light Pagoda. Regardless of race or religion, this temple offers an insightful day out for all people to embrace.
📍 184 Jalan Toa Payoh, Singapore 319944
Built in 1870, this place of worship is the only South Indian temple in Singapore, and it is the only place exclusively dedicated to Sri Krishna. Additionally, the stunning construction offers a magnificent visual appeal, from the classic Indian styles such as the blue entrance dipped in a colourful array of statues depicting the 10 incarnations of Hindu deity Vishnu, to the gold plating designs, and plenty more. Be sure to capture a shot of the epic entrance.
📍 152 Waterloo St, Singapore 187961
6. Maha Sasani Ramsi Temple
Founded in 1875, and otherwise known as the Burmese Buddhist Temple, this beautiful masterpiece is the oldest Theravada compounds in Singapore. Particularly, it is famous for its traditional Burmese architectures, and the 11-foot pure white marble Buddha statue which is largest one outside of Myanmar. For the greatest insight into Buddhism, and to admire the impressive designs, you must visit this peaceful haven.
📍 14 Tai Gin Rd, Singapore 327873
7. Toa Payoh Seu Teck Sean Tong
After being established in 1942, this landmark has undergone various alterations to become what it is today. Currently, it is home to a medical unit but visitors can still come and take in the wonderful architecture for themselves. Excitingly, you can enter through the huge red getaway, explore the beautiful garden and ancestral cemetery, and capture some instagrammable moments against the backdrop of the temple itself.
📍 2 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319377