Tan Si Chong Chu Temple, Singapore

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Tan Si Chong Su, or Ancestral Hall of the Tan Clan, is a Chinese temple in Singapore. It is located on Magazine Road in the Singapore River Planning Area within Singapore's central business district. It was constructed between 1876 and 1878 as the ancestral temple for those with the same Tan surname, based on the premise that Chinese people with the same surname would share a common ancestry and therefore belong to the same clan.The temple is also known as the "Tan Seng Haw" and Po Chiak Keng (保赤宫, also written as Bao Chi Gong and other variants), meaning "palace for the protection of the innocent", reflecting its earlier role as a place that provided help for those in disputes as well as new Chinese immigrants in Singapore.HistoryFacing the Singapore River, Tan Si Chong Su was built in 1876 to serve the needs of the sizeable Tan clan. At the time, it sat on the banks of the Singapore River, close to a small islet called Pulau Saigon. The islet has since been dug out and a part of the river filled in so that Tan Si Chong Su is now set back from the water.The funds needed to build the temple were donated by two men from the most prominent Tan families in Singapore – Tan Kim Ching (1824–1892) and Tan Beng Swee (陈明水, 1828–1884). Tan Kim Ching was the eldest son of philanthropist and businessman Tan Tock Seng, whose significant fortune he inherited. Tan Tock Seng is perhaps best remembered for his contributions to public health care. Tan Beng Swee was the son of Tan Kim Seng, also a successful businessman and a leader of the Chinese community. Of Tan Kim Seng's many civic projects, arguably the greatest was setting up of the city's first fresh water supply lines.
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  • The Chinese gentleman nodded his good morning and invited us in for a wander around this traditional building. There was no interference from the guardians who appeared genuinely pleased at our intere...  more »
  • On our walk from our hotel to Clarke Quay we passed this temple. Such a peaceful place. The gentleman inside gave us a detailed account of the history of the temple. It is free and they have items you...  more »
  • In the temple built by the tann一 family in China was completed in 1878. Now the Tan family and continue. Is provided in the National Monument of Singapore. Plate was raised. Plate with the Tan Si Chong Su Temple is patterned after it the title.
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  • A century old Hokkien Chinese Temple with Tan(Chen) clan ancestral hall, it is open 24 hour daily
  • Tan Si Chong Su, or Ancestral Hall of the Tan Clan, is a Chinese temple in Singapore. It is located on Magazine Road in the Singapore River Planning Area within Singapore's central business district. It was constructed between 1876 and 1878 as the ancestral temple for those with the same Tan surname, based on the premise that Chinese people with the same surname would share a common ancestry and therefore belong to the same clan. Facing the Singapore River, Tan Si Chong Su was built in 1876 to serve the needs of the sizeable Tan clan. At the time, it sat on the banks of the Singapore River, close to a small islet called Pulau Saigon. The islet has since been dug out and a part of the river filled in so that Tan Si Chong Su is now set back from the water. The funds needed to build the temple were donated by two men from the most prominent Tan families in Singapore – Tan Kim Ching(1824–1892) and Tan Beng Swee (陈明水, 1828–1884). Tan Kim Ching was the eldest son of philanthropist and businessman Tan Tock Seng, whose significant fortune he inherited. Tan Tock Seng is perhaps best remembered for his contributions to public health care. Tan Beng Swee was the son of Tan Kim Seng, also a successful businessman and a leader of the Chinese community. Of Tan Kim Seng's many civic projects, arguably the greatest was setting up of the city's first fresh water supply lines. The first president of the temple was Tan Kim Tian. An indenture dated 28 July 1880 gave the names of the temple trustees as Tan Cheng Kiat, Tan Chew Cha, Tan Siak Kiew, Tan Mah Arang, Tan Hai Tiew and Tan Sim Boh.
  • On our way to Chinatown, we stumbled upon this place. It's an ancestral temple that is still in use. It was non-touristy and peaceful, and the person running it let us wander around while he told us about it (the carvings, ancient drum, stone lions, history, usage today) and gave us candy. It was very casual and felt almost like a community center.
  • Beautiful temple. You must see inside. Great.
  • Very nice and well preserved Tao Chinese temple
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