Kuan Yin Thong Hood Cho Temple, Singapore

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Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple is a traditional Chinese temple situated at 178 Waterloo Street in Singapore. The temple is of significance to the Chinese in Singapore, and is believed to bring worshippers good luck after praying to the Kuan Yin (观音), or Avalokiteśvara, the bodhisattva associated with compassion. The temple is also involved in charity work, contributing to several health and educational organisations.
The temple has existed since 1884 at its present location with a reconstruction in 1895. The original temple was an example of Chinese temple architecture and traditional craftsmanship. In its vicinity were other places of worship such as the adjacent Sri Krishnan Temple, Church of Saints Peter and Paul at Queen Street, Maghain Aboth Synagogue and the Malabar Jama-ath Mosque. The original temple, entry was gained across a large sheltered courtyard through a porch and screened anteroom. The main hall then contained three altars, the central one for the Kuan Yin and one each for Bodhidharma (the founder of Zen Buddhism) and Hua Tuo, a Chinese patron saint of medicine and healing on the flanking altars. An image of Sakyamuni Buddha was kept in the rear hall and various ancillary rooms on either side. During the second World War, the temple was spared of destruction when all the other buildings in the area were severely damaged. It provided refuge for the sick, the wounded and the homeless.
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  • I visited in the dark still in the early morning. The shops on the street were before the opening, but only the dō and the neighboring Sri Krishnan Temple were crowded with worshippers. There were only Chinese temples, and there were a lot of people of Chinese descent, and there were few tourists who visited in the early morning.
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  • Great temple. I was there during wesak day and it was so crowded until the security tea m and police has the block the walkway to the temple. Crowd would have to wait going in batch by batch. Sporean ...  more »
  • This temple is great. Suitable for any types of travellers. Get to know the culture. The building architecture is beautiful.  more »
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  • Here on our own so no guide to explain. It is very colorful and ornate. Obviously a very religious place that is very meaningful to many locals. Pretty.
  • Kwan Yin temple, feel free to pray and pay your respect here, the joysticks are free however you can always place a small contribution in the donation box provided in the temple, it is always crowded with locals and tourist, it gets more merrier during festive season! Had received few feedbacks from friends that their wishes came true when praying in this temple, thus they flew back here every year to pay their respects.
  • Most famous Goddess of Mercy temple in Singapore. Why? Cos she is very 'ling'. People will come to 'ask' for advice, pray for family, 'tell' her their sorrows. Always soo many people, but there is never commotion. It's noisy, but you feel peaceful when you're in there. You can draw lots for questions which u may have.and there are explanations to the lots in both Chinese and English. I go because, my mum has brought me there since I was 1 mth old. I believe she has blessed me throughout my life. 🙏🙏🙏.
  • It's a beautiful temple that is a must visit if you are passing by the place. It's right next to the Sri Krishna temple and the hawker center so you can eat before or after visiting the temple. It's close by to a lot of stuff so you can go to other places like art museums, galleries or shopping malls too.
  • One of the more if not most famous and popular Chinese Bodhisattva Guan Yin temple in Singapore. Peaceful aura with lots of worshippers during temple opening time.
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