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Yueh Hai Ching Temple, Singapore
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Yueh Hai Ching Temple, also known as Wak Hai Cheng Bio in the Teochew dialect, is a Chinese temple in Singapore located in Raffles Place, Singapore's central business district. The temple, whose name literally translates to "Cantonese Temple of Calming Sea", was the first stop for Chinese immigrants to Singapore in the early 19th century.Yueh Hai Ching Temple is Singapore's oldest Taoist temple. It was constructed between 1850 and 1855, and was rebuilt in 1895. The temple holds a special significance for the Teochew community, whose way of life was closely associated with the sea.Designed by Chinese craftsmen, the temple was constructed with rosewood imported from China. It is the only temple in Singapore to have detailed three-dimensional moulded ornaments on its roof as well as legendary Chinese figures engraved on its walls. Wooden plaques depicting auspicious characters, donated by traders and devotees, can be seen within its perimeter. The Guangxu Emperor presented a plaque to the temple in 1907. The temple is divided into two parts, one dedicated to the Jade Emperor (Heavenly Father), the other to Mazu (Heavenly Mother). The temple is especially busy during the first and fifteenth day of each lunar month, as well as the third and twenty-third days of the third lunar month, which celebrate the birthdays of the Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother.
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  • I visited in Oct. 2014. Walking to work I noticed what looked like an interesting roof. I made my way over to the entrance, which is located in the middle of sky scrapers and a business are, to find t...  more »
  • This is a Teochew temple built probably about the late 1800s and is an identical duplex. The left hall , Tian Hou Gong (‘Palace of the Heavenly Empress’), is reserved for the worship of Mazu; Shang Di...  more »
  • A wonderful surprise walking among the skyscrapers of Singapore, this little temple has the most magnificent sculptured scenes on its roofline. We were told that the they portrayed scenes from Chinese...  more »
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  • Very interesting and old temple in cbd. Must visit.
  • Nicely maintained temple in the middle of the financial district
  • Good place to bring visitors from abroad! The heritage and architecture tells an amazing story
  • A centrally located temple with gorgeous interiors and a lot of history.