Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Singapore  /  Singapore  /  Historic Sites  /  Thian Hock Keng Temple

Thian Hock Keng Temple, Singapore

4.2
#13 of 58 in Historic Sites in Singapore
Religious Site Tourist Spot
One of the oldest and most important Hokkien temples in the city, Thian Hock Keng Temple was built in the mid-19th century by the clan as a place of prayer for Chinese immigrants. To understand the temple’s stature in Indonesian history and culture, survey the plaque presented to the clan by the Qing Dynasty Emperor Guang Xu in 1907. The temple’s structure, steeped in a tradition of Ancient Chinese architecture, was built without nails. The clan used stone, tiles, and wood to craft the intricate, ornate carvings of dragons and phoenixes that adorn temple. For Thian Hock Keng Temple and beyond, use our Singapore vacation trip planner to get the most from your Singapore vacation.
Create an itinerary including Thian Hock Keng Temple
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
206 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • Disappointed it was close in the middle of day. At the internet everybody writes that is open from 9-21 hour. But we visited it 18.00 o clock and it was closed. They must fix this because many tourist...  more »
  • We visited here on our Chinatown walking tour and if our guide had not have point them out we wouldn’t have seen or know about the bats. Be that the ones in the stonework or the live ones that make th...  more »
  • If you are into temples, please visit this place. Else it can be skipped. The buddha tooth relic temple is a must go though..  more »
Google
  • Thian Hock Keng 天福宮 Also known as (媽祖廟). One of the longest historical temple in Singapore. In the old day, this temple is facing seaside. Last update Apr2017
  • The Yu Huang Gong Temple or the Temple of Heavenly Jade Emperor (the former Keng Teck Whay Building) at 150 Telok Ayer Street in Singapore which is in the heart of the Financial District is one of Singapore's National Heritage Monuments. It is the oldest existing temple in Singapore and Telok Ayler street is also one of the oldest roads in Singapore and the temple served as the Chongwen Ge (Singapore's first Chinese School). The 170 year old building was lovingly restored by the Taoist Mission (Singapore) who became the new owner of the "Keng Teck Whay" in March 2010. The building's architectural style and social heritage is a living testament to the founding members' efforts and contributions during Singapore's early settlement since 1831. The pagoda is 3 stories high and the building was designed and built in the traditional Hokkien style. At the back is a small hall that serves as a meeting place and ancestral hall.
  • A significant temple inn Singapore's Chinatown, dedicated to patron Maju and therefore quite important to the early Chinese sellers and immigrants who made the successful voyage to Singapore shores.
  • Don't miss the back walls of the Thian Hock Keng Temple when you visit. The Thian Hock Keng mural was nicely and beautifully painted by local, Yip Yew Chong in Apr 2017. It has a history of Singapore, the temple and the people.
  • Nice touristy photo opportunity at one of Singapore's historical sites.

Plan your trip to Singapore

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Singapore

For leading chain hotels, head to the area around Orchard Road, considered the tourist center of Singapore due to its varied selection of rooms, good travel links, and tourist-focused businesses. At the eastern end of the road, you'll find more luxurious and expensive options, with hotels located in impressive colonial-era architecture. North and south of this main artery, backpacker hostels and budget hotels provide affordable rooms with basic facilities.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Singapore by other users

19 days in Singapore, Malaysia & Brunei Darussalam BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 2 days in Singapore BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Middle East & Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Asia & Middle East BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Asia BY A USER FROM FRANCE April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Singapore BY A USER FROM BAHRAIN August, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Singapore BY A USER FROM BAHRAIN August, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Singapore BY A USER FROM CANADA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES August, kids, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 34 days in Singapore BY A USER FROM MALTA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Singapore BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, museums, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans