Singapore’s most impressive temple08 October, 2010 by Chad
Visited the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple a couple of weeks ago. I’m a fan of temples. Wilson and I pulled MJ over to many in Tokyo, much to his resistance. When it comes to the Buddha Tooth Temple at Chinatown though, it’s in a class of its own, after all how many temples has its own integrated car park inside.
As the name suggests, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum was built specifically in 2007 to house what is reputed to be a tooth of the actual Buddha. The temple is a grand sight indeed. The building caught my attention when I visited Chinatown in the New Year. but this was my first time actually entering.
To get any further, the temple provides cloths for people who are under dressed to cover up. The interior was awe-inspiring.
The walls of the temple was adorned with statues from the Chinese Buddhist canon. You can “adopt” one of these figures to place on the wall by making a donation. Each comes with a numbered label, at this point there had to be hundreds of them on the wall.
There were many floors to the temple, to get to the upper floors you take the elevator near the front. Yes, the temple has elevators too. There were helpful LCD screens beside the lift.
We visited the roof to find a rooftop garden. A shrine at the center held a huge prayer wheel, the largest of its kind. A mantra is written on the wheel and spinning it has the same effect as reciting a prayer. Efficient. Surrounding the wheel, on all the walls of the shrine were thousands of tiny Buddha statues. Ten thousand to be exact.
Outside the shrine were many more tiny statues on the walls of the roof. What you are seeing is only one side. For an $88 donation, couples could adopt one of the statues together. Each statue was labeled with the couple’s names and a serial number.
The Buddha tooth was kept downstairs. No photos though. Below was a museum dedicated to a collection of Buddha statues and their replicas.
As before, you could adopt a statue at the museum too. These were reserved for people who made donations of at least 10 grand.
There was a tea house and shop on the second floor. Here you could purchase various Buddhist related items, replica statues for your home as well as souvenir items. I’m a big fan of Buddha myself so was keen on getting something, but couldn’t afford anything worth taking back.Planning your holiday? We recommend visiting Agoda for a full list of hotels with early bird specials.