Yueh Hai Ching Temple, Singapore

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Yueh Hai Ching Temple, also known as the Wak Hai Cheng Bio from its Teochew pronunciation, is a Chinese temple in Singapore located in Raffles Place in Singapore's central business district. The temple, whose name literally means "Temple of the Calm Cantonese Sea", was the first stop for Chinese immigrants to Singapore in the early 19th century.HistoryThe early history of Yueh Hai Ching temple is obscured. Multiple narratives provide conflicting accounts on the date the temple was first constructed. Some traced the history of the temple to as far back as to 1738. The general consensus is that the temple was first put up in 1820 as a simple wood and attap temple. In 1826, pioneer of Man Say Soon Company, Lim Poon erected a shrine on the same site on Phillip Street with a 999-year lease. It was managed by a board of trustees consisting of 14 members. The shrine was constructed so that sailors sailing between Singapore and China during the 19th century could offer their prayers and gratitude for their safe journey. This is reflected in the temple’s name, which translates as “Temple of the Calm Sea Built by the Guadong People”. Phillip Street was once near the sea, so that sailors could head to the temple immediately after docking. Due to land reclamation, the temple was effectively distanced from the shore.When Ngee Ann Association was formed in 1845, it took over the management from Many Say Soon Company. Between 1852 and 1855, the present temple was constructed. In 1895, Ngee Ann Association submitted a building plan which called for substantial rebuilding of the temple. By the late 19th century, was the second largest and most influential of the Chinese dialect groups after Fujian. Besides being a place of worship, Yueh Hai Ching Temple also acted as a community centre and a meeting place. According to historian Pan Xing Nong, on 26 June 1994, the president of Ngee Ann Association then called for prayers at the temple for the impending World War I. As such, the temple played an important role in the everyday life of the Teochew community. It was where people socialized and exchanged news. It served as a place of congregation for immigrants from the same province to provide mutual support for each other.
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  • Just passing by and derived from I don't know, but the name of the person who is written like it is. It was here in about 100 m, the new Bill being stranded in high-rise buildings around develops not only in construction. Not so much interesting stuff also went well here.
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  • Temple small but quaint as it is surrounded by soaring skyscrapers. An oasis in a busy city as Singapore.
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  • Was first introduced to this temple as part of a free walking tour last year but due to the monsoon rains wasn’t able to truely appreciate it. A Chinese Taoist Shrine located in the centre of Singapor...  more »
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  • A lovely Chinese Temple with rich heritage of Teochew diaspora, the caretakers are very helpful too.. 😉
  • With many mini figuring statue and full of history stories here. By Ngee Ann Kongsi.
  • We had a great visit at the Love Temple. My first time to meet a sacred turtle. Very cool!
  • A tourist attraction in CBD.
  • Yueh Hai Ching Temple or "Safe Voyage for the Guandong People" temple is Singapore's oldest Teochew temple built by immigrants from China. Situated in the heart of the financial district and surrounded by skyscrapers, one actually stumbles upon it by noticing its very unique roof. The temple was completed in 1855 and comprises twin prayer halls for Mazu and Xuan Tian Shang Di. Its noticeable for its very elaborate roof sculptures. It is well maintained and artisans were brought from China for the renovations. It has a rich history of the Teochew people. It was rather empty when we visited.
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