Temple of 1,000 Lights (Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya), Singapore

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Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple is a Buddhist monastery in Singapore. The temple was originally set up by Venerable Vutthisara of Thailand. The present premises are located at Race Course Road in Singapore.HistoryThe Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple was founded in 1927 by a Thai monk called VutthisaraInfluencesThere are strong Thai influences in the architecture and decor.Buddha StatueThe Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple is one of the most prominent and widely visited Buddhist temples in Singapore, often referred to as the Temple of 1,000 Lights. It features a 15-meter high statue of a seated Buddha, which weighs nearly 300 tons, as well as many smaller Buddha images and murals depicting the life of Shakyamuni Buddha. The large central statue is surrounded by a stylized aura made of numerous light bulbs—often lit during evening hours—from which the temple derives its nickname. In a small room beneath the altar is an image of a reclining Buddha, Buddha towards the end of his life, under a Yellow Seraka Tree.On Vesak Day, the annual holiday celebrating the birth and enlightenment of the Buddha, devotees donate money to the temple and in exchange are allowed to place gold leaf onto a small statue of the Buddha. As the day wears on, the Buddha is almost entirely covered in a fresh layer of gold leaves.
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  • The Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple, popularly known as the Temple of a Thousand Lights, is located at 366 Race Course Road in the Little India precinct. It is home to Singapore's tallest Buddha statue ...  more »
  • This temple is very close from Little India (Walking distant) . It is very peaceful. Cant say that its a must visit as there are so many places to go  more »
  • Thailand Temple located at the edge of little India, big Buddha enshrined during the building of the temple. It is a giant Buddha in Thailand seems to be colored.
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  • The Temple is founded by a Thai monk and sponsored by Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, Haw and Par means tiger and leopard in Hokkien. That is probably the reason why there is a tiger and a leopard statue guarding the Temple, the locals called the Temple as "Haw Par See" which also mean "Temple of Tiger and Leopard". Many Chinese and Indian devotees will visit the Temple together on Vesak Day, an unique example of multi-racial Singapore. 😊🙏
  • The temple is quite far from the main tourist attractions and is not exactly in little India. The temple itself is small, but there is a huge statue of the Buddha. I'm not sure it deserves a special trip to visit.
  • I missed the secret chamber (didn't know it was there), so only spent a few minutes here. I did like the animal statues and the giant Buddha, it's a bit of a different style than other temples. I wouldn't go way out of my way for this as a tourist.
  • awesome place these give us interior happiness
  • Buddha was covered because of maintanence works in the temple
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