Sasanaransi Buddhist Temple, Singapore

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The Burmese Buddhist Temple is the oldest Theravada institution and the only Burmese Buddhist temple of its kind in Singapore. Founded in 1875, the temple moved from its original Kinta Road premises to Tai Gin Road in Novena in 1988. The temple houses the largest pure white marble statue of the Buddha outside Myanmar, and has become a religious landmark for Burmese and Singaporean devotees to make merit and take part in merit-sharing activities alike.
The Burmese Buddhist Temple was founded by a Burmese man named U Thar Hnin, also known as Tang Sooay Chin, at 17 Kinta Road in 1875. In 1878, U Thar Hnin donated the temple to U Kyaw Gaung, a traditional Burmese physician. The temple houses the largest pure white marble statue of the Buddha outside of Myanmar. It is also the only Burmese Buddhist temple built outside of Myanmar in the traditional Burmese architectural style.
A missionU Kyaw Gaung, also known as Khoo Teogou, was born in Mandalay, Myanmar in 1866. He arrived in Singapore at an early age and was later joined by his wife Daw Khin Mae and their three children. Coming from a land of great Buddhist influence, it was U Kyaw Gaung's ambition to introduce Theravada Buddhism in Singapore.
In 1907, he was elected as trustee of the temple. While administering the temple, he dreamt of acquiring a sizable marble Buddha statue such as those seen in Myanmar. Undaunted by limited funds, U Kyaw Gaung pledged to carry out the mammoth task. He raised funds from his own earnings and public donations. After several trips to Myanmar, an immense piece of marble weighing more than 10 tons from Sagyin Hill, north of Mandalay, was sighted. Sagyin Hill was famous in Myanmar for its superior quality marble. The stone was bought for Rs1,200 and delivered to Mandalay, a city reputed for its skilled craftsmanship. Eventually, a Buddha image measuring in height was sculpted out from the stone in 1918.
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  • The Temple is not in the city center, it is situated in Novena but by MRT it does not take too much time to get there. You can get in just don't forget to take your shoes off. There is a big Buddha st...  more »
  • Before entering the temple, you need to remove your shoes... As soon as you enter the grand, look at the golden Buddha statue of Jin Bihuang, there are believers here to pray, a total of three. The temple was very quiet, and to this one and some photos were opened.
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  • It is a temple of glitter in golden color. Komainu and then glitter. There is a child with the gold next to the Komainu, too. Buddha that is enshrined in the inside is also sparkling. It is a place to feel the difference of culture. I take off my shoes and put them inside.
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  • Great experience at the peaceful Burmese Buddhist Centre in Singapore. Head here to learn about Buddhism, attend classes and speak to the monks to ask any questions you may have. You can freely roam around to see what's on offer and pray if you are a believer.
  • The biggest Burmese Buddhist temple in Singapore and founded in 1875 by U Tha Hnin (ဦးသာနှင်း), a Burmese merchant who lived in Singapore. Here is the brief history of the donar of the statue according to the script displayed in the temple. A biggest marble statue of Buddha in the the island was donated by U Kyaw Gaung (ဦးကျော်ဂေါင်) (1866-1935)(also known as Koh Chi Gao). As a traditional physician, he arrived Singapore in 1866 and settled down with his family. He had an ambition to introduce Theravada Buddhism in Singapore. In 1907, he was elected as Trustee for the Burmese Buddhist Temple founded by Tha Hnin in 1875. While caring for the temple, he had dreamed of acquiring a sizcable marble Buddha statue such as that seen in Burma. An immense marble weights at that 10 tons from Saygin Hill, 50km north of Mandalay was bought and subsequently brought to Mandalay for its skilled panda craftsmanship. Eventually, a Buddha image measuring cleven leet in height was immaculately sculptured out from that stone in 1918. Travelling about 2500km land and sea journey, he successfully transported the newly completed Buddha statue to Singapore in 1921. U Kyaw Guung passed away in 1935 at the age of 69.
  • The biggest burmese temple located in singapore and its central
  • A quiet temple. I like this place even though I am a free thinker. It's a very clean temple and make people feel peaceful. I have been there twice. The 1st time is a normal weekend when I enjoyed solitude and peaceful time in the temple. The 2nd time is vesak day when I enjoyed crowd with Burmese food. The temple remains very clean and organized. Kudos to those people who take care of the temple well.
  • Quiet and peaceful burmese temple, can tell it was well maintained. Happen to drop by as my cousin’s family and me went for dinner nearby. Finally see real monks in a temple, where compared to a few temples I went in Penang 2 weeks ago, only have counters that ask visitors for admission fee.
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