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Kwan Im 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.History and architectureThe 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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  • The temple is not great. The columns with gilded details (don't know about gold) are very beautiful. Distribute incense at the entrance, which aromatizes the air inside.
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  • Located in Bugis area, you can always google map from your device to find direction by bus or train to get to this temple. Basically it commemorates Kuan Yin, the Avalokitesvara Buddha or famous with ...  more »
  • Almost always come by this temple every time I visited S'pore. Like the ambience. This time, it's very crowded since it's the 01 of lunar month. 
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  • Temple for good luck, crowded even early morning, no phototaking A quite sizable Chinese Buddhism temple, next to Sri Krishnan temple and Waterloo food street center. The temple was built over a century ago, and believed to be a place of good luck. The main altar is Buddha Sakyamuni. In front of it is the Kwan Im/ Kwan Yin, goddess of mercy, Bodhidharma (founder of Zen) and Chinese healing gods. At 7am, the place is already crowded by Singaporean praying for their wishes and hopes. Smokes of burned incenses filled the air. Bringing the prayer to the heaven above. The pedestrian path in front of the temple is pleasant, with hawker food and flower sellers. Then I had my vegetarian breakfast near the temple, Waterloo food street center.
  • Visiting this temple carries many memories of my childhood with my parents as we visit on special occasions during the Chinese New Year period or before major events in life (such as our major exams like O or A levels). Coming here for a prayer to the deities and gods is always serene despite the crowds. Definitely worth a visit for locals and overseas travellers! 😊🙏
  • A century old Buddhist temple that is very well loved by Singaporeans. The first incense each Chinese new year is quite a spectacle every year. This temple is also a symbol of Singapore's religious harmony being next to a Hindu temple and close to some churches in the area.
  • It's a historic building with many devotees coming from all around Singapore. It's very well known for being very crowded during chinese festivals, so have to be mentally prepared for the heavy incense smoke drifting around.
  • One of the more popular and old Chinese temple in Singapore. Everyday, people will come to pray for health and fortune, and a variety of other reasons. Many shops and pushcarts right outside the temple that sells flowers and incense. I come here if I need some peace and serenity and time for personal reflection.