|Things to do in Singapore | Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum in Chinatown|
|Thursday, 19 January 2012 00:00|
Things to do in Singapore Chinatown If you are wandering in Chinatown, pay a visit to Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is one of great things to do in Singapore! A little gem in the artery of Chinatown, the age of this sacred place is certainly deceiving from the first glance of it. Boosting a blend of Tang Dynasty and Buddhist Mandala designs, it was completed in 2007. This is a working temple of a four-story tower with a beautiful roof top garden and basement theater and dining hall. Easy to locate, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is an impressive temple in between Maxwell Food Centre and Chinatown Complex. Or search for 288 South Bridge Road and lock in your GPS. Go with sleeved-tops and at least knee-length bottoms, otherwise feel feel to borrow the shawls to cover up the bare sight before entering.
Things to Do at Singapore Chinatown Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
What are the things to do here at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple? Well, this place of Singapore attractions has plenty to offer. If you are into photography, there are certainly numerous things to capture. From the red lacquered doors fitted with geometrical rows of bronze studs that greet before you enter, to the enormous Tibetan-style Prayer Wheel on the roof top, so make sure you bring flash and sufficient batteries because the interior is dimly lit. Despite so, there are a couple of spots that flash is not allowed to preserve the artifacts, so please read the sign and abide the rule. Aside from shooting pictures and taking video, this is the chance to admire the 27-foot Maitreya Buddha enshrined in the main hall (Hundreds of Dragon Hall). A similar hall at the back is equally stunning where it stages the statue of Avalokiteshvara. Endless artistic details if one observes above the ceilings, walls and altars. In total, thousands of artistic Buddha images are showcased. Moving on to mezzanine floor, Eminent Sangha Museum shares the inspiring stories of the monk's community.
If your brain is overloaded or have too much to digest, take a break at Second Floor. Head to Tea House to unwind or drop by the gallery. Buddhist literature in English is abundance with artifacts and gifts for sale. To learn more about Buddhist culture, continue the walkabout at Buddhist Culture Museum on Third Floor. Do not miss out the highlight of this temple, Tooth Relic Chamber at Fourth Floor. Last but not least, hit roof top, reach out to a well-manicured orchid garden and a giant prayer wheel. The panoramic sight of Chinatown also awaits!
Things to do in Singapore at Night Dedicated to sacred cause, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum offer a modern atmosphere to be enlightened about Buddhism and it is one of the free things to do in Singapore. Admission to all levels is at no cost. If you can, try to visit on a Sunday to experience the soothing rhythmic chanting in the presence of the monks. Good to end your day at Chinatown especially during Chinese New Year (Spring Festival). Red lanterns are lit up, festive decorations are everywhere, go for inexpensive souvenir shopping and try hawker food along Smith Street, these are certainly great stuff one should never miss. Singapore's Chinatown is a place for mind, soul and stomach, completing your mission on things to do in Singapore!
By MRT, alight at Chinatown (NE4), take Exit A.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 04 February 2012 08:56|
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