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Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Singapore

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  • Buddhist University/Monastery with a fascinating campus. First stop has to be to see the Grand Buddha on the 4th floor of the Main Temple . As this was part of an outside tour we were given detailed e...  more »
  • This a hidden gem! An active monastery and a also a Buddhist university. Students come from all over Asia to learn Buddhism there. You can walk around its many beautiful temples. Do not go on weekends...  more »
  • The monastery of the Kong Meng Shan Phor Kark See (KMSPKS) is also known as the bright Hill temple. It is the largest Chinese Buddhist monastery and one of the most renowned in Southeast Asia. It hosts several statues of Buddha of very large sizes: Buddha doctor, who teaches practices that promote good health, the restoration of disease... You will also find an impressive statue of Shakyamuni Buddha of 14 meters of height in a huge room of more than 3000 m 2. The monastery welcomes visitors and tourists. You can enjoy free tours in English and mandarin. To be safe, call ahead to book. Guests also benefit from free meals to vegetarian noodle. Tea is also served during holidays and weekends. Depending on the time of your visit you may have the chance to attend a ceremony: not to be missed! The monastery was founded in 1921. It is one of the last traditional monasteries built by the Chinese diaspora in Singapore. Buddhists come here with family and friends to learn, practice and share the Buddha's teaching. This is very impressive, it's the architecture of Imperial type Chinese, mainly influenced by immigrants of the early 20th century who were originally from Fujian, in the South of China. Chinese architecture with raised platforms, the orange glazed tiles, eaves, and the apex of the roof combined with a stop of tiles decorated with statues are really very interesting. The Chinese expression of Buddhist beliefs mixed with some traditional beliefs influence the decorations: human figurines made of wood or ceramic, wall sculptures... To access the KMSPKS monastery you must get off at the Bishan subway stop and take the bus: 52, 162, 410W. Get off at the bus stop to the monastery. Ask the bus driver for more security.
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  • Very interesting monastery! Learned a lot about Buddism from information panels. There's also free books available. Lots of photo opportunities. It was fairly empty when we went on the Friday afternoon. This monastery is for monks. Next door there's a monastery for nuns: it's not as grand, but also beautiful. I'd suggest seeing that one quickly before this one.
  • This is Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple which also called Bright Hill Temple. One of the biggest and popular temples in Singapore. You must visit this place. Many tourists are visiting this temple.
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  • Signed up for a meditation retreat here and it was an amazing experience. Although I am a free thinker, there were no issues with religions except during the chanting.
  • Beautiful temple with history. Must visit