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Thian Hock Keng Temple, Singapore

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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.
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  • One of the most interesting old buildings in Singapore, a must visit for any traveler. Beautiful intricate statues and buildings. It is free to visit but you can always make a donation. Confuscious, T...  more »
  • This temple was built for the Chinese to give thanks to Mazu or Tin Hou for a safe voyage to Singapore - formerly the Strait Settlements. The temple is shared between Taoist and Buddhists - and all pr...  more »
  • I always find temples interesting for their local significance and architecture. This one is no different and it's Indian devotees clearly revere the place. Here are intricate statues and many picture...  more »
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  • Thian Hock Keng Temple, a national monument along Telok Ayer Street is an important cultural site in Singapore. This Hokkien temple, the oldest in Singapore sits on what used to be the coastline of Singapore's old port and dedicated to the goddess of the Sea. This entire area, part of Singapore's Downtown Core is a cultural melting pot. For many years I have visited Singapore and completely missed this area altogether. So when I got the chance to spend some time exploring the area, I was surprised by the dynamism the Telok Ayer area still projects. Telok Ayer Street used to be the original coastal road before land reclaimation and gentrification extended Singapore's core southwards. This was the main marketplace and landing point for Chinese immigrants and was the cradle of Singapore's Chinatown district.
  • Old and lovely temple with fine art and décorations that definitely deserves a visit :)
  • Beautiful temple with an atmospheric interior courtyard. One of the oldest temples. Used to be at the seaside. The sea has been reclaimed and is now far away.
  • A lovely little temple which is best to visit if you can manage to come before or between the groups unloaded by coaches.
  • Very nice temple and crowded during weekend.