Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
4.5
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum (BTRTM) was founded in 2002 by Venerable Shi Fazhao. It was registered by the Registrar of Societies in 20th February 2003, and as a charity under the Charities Act in 8th January 2004. The Temple is dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha, which means 'The Compassionate One', and also called 'The Future Buddha'. (A)WEEKLY FREE GUIDED TOUR: BTRTM is pleased to offer a 1 1/2 - 2 hrs long guided tour of the Temple every Saturdays at 2pm. The tour will be conducted free-of-charge in English by the temple's Volunteers guides. Limited slots are available per weekly session. Confirmed registration is based on first-come-first-serve basis. (B)DISCOVERING BUDDHISM: Shakyanmuni Buddha had gained insight into the truth, perfected the qualities of wisdom and compassion over 2560 years ago. His teachings develops clarity in minds, enables abilities to end suffering and finds lasting happiness. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is carrying on the mission in offering "Discovering Buddhism' programme. 'Discovering Buddhism' is a specially designed programme for participants to gain experiential taste of Chinese Mahayana Buddhist etiquette, Basic Buddhist teachings and Basic Meditation within a day. This English taught programme is suitable for both tourists who wish to learn more about Buddhism and experienced learners who needs a refresher. Participants will benefit from the interactive and engaging teaching led by Venerable Wu Xiang and Venerable Ru Zhi who have more than a decade experience teaching Buddhism and Meditation in different cultural settings! [Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Etiquette] Buddhist etiquette is an important part of every Buddhist life. It expresses religious sentiments to the Buddha, the Teacher (Monk or Nun) and promotes gracefulness in social interactions. This is also a mean of training in mindfulness in every action one is taking. [Basic Buddhist teachings] Buddhism has been transmitted over the past centuries because of its timeless and enduring message to the spiritual needs of man in finding true peace, happiness, and well-being. In this part of the programme, learn about the basic essential knowledge of Buddhism. [Basic Meditation] Buddhist have been practicing meditation in cultivating calm, focused and positive states of mind. Introductory of technique will be taught to enable the participants to learn practical tips on how to achieve a clearer state of mind and focus better. Things to take note : * Avoid wearing hats, shorts or revealing tops * The organizer reserves the right to cancel the tour due to unforeseen circumstances. In such instances, registrants will be notified via their mobile phones.
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Neighbourhood: Outram
How to get there
  • Telok Ayer • 6 min walk
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  • asthecrowsfly2
    Melbourne, Australia219 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ornate and beautiful!
    We visited the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in May 2023. The Temple is quite ornate and beautiful. We were mindful not to interrupt people taking worship at the time of our visit. It is a requirement to dress modestly out of respect, and whilst it wasn't a requirement for us to wear headscarves, we had them with us. Several ladies were given long sarong-like garments to cover exposed areas of their bodies if it was deemed necessary before entering the temple. We were able to buy some small items such as beaded bracelets inside the temple. Definitely a must-see destination.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 14 May 2023
  • Jacqui R
    Oxford, United Kingdom174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed!!
    Our first Buddhist Temple visit! What a treat!! Truly not to be missed!! Especially as it's free!! Four wonderful floors!! With a quieter meditation space open to all, as well as a truly beautiful lush contemplative garden with prayer wheel on the roof!!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 May 2023
  • ccpling
    180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place for the peace of mind
    It is located in China town, Singapore. The purpose is to to promote Buddhist culture and education and provide welfare services to the public. It is indeed a tranquil place to consider during the hassle. It throws away your worries by spending some time in the temple.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 July 2023
  • JenJM_13
    Leopold, Australia127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing temple
    Absolutely beautiful temple with 4 floors and a roof top. Each level offering different experiences. Easy to fill in half a day but could just as easily quickly visit if time poor. Free to visit. Put on the to do list when visiting Singapore. Right in the middle of Chinatown. Has wheelchair access
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Belle
    Quezon City, Philippines22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful temple and a must see!
    This temple is well worth the visit just for the intricate details alone. You get to see every inch of the temple which has multiple floors ranging from the main area to a few museum levels. You can wear your shoes everywhere EXCEPT when you go to see the tooth relic. Also, no hats. If you’re wearing shorts or a shirt skirt, they have sarongs for you to wear. I only wish the labels had English translations because not all of the labels did. But overall, an amazing temple to see!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 September 2023
  • wireless_in_CA
    United States5,016 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Temple in Chinatown
    This multi story temple was home to Buddha’s tooth but also many other relics. Multiple altars and tiny Buddha statues from floor to ceiling took up most of the first floor. Look out for the unusual donation “ATM machines”, a first for me. We took the elevator up to see the tooth relic. We had to remove our shoes before entering. On each side were raised platforms for praying. The altar was surrounded with gold and enclosed behind glass. No photos allowed inside. On the rooftop, accessible only by stairs, was a garden with a huge prayer wheel that one could spin and pray. The museum was small with a collection of more artifacts and relics of Buddha. A timeline of Buddha’s life was very interesting to follow.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 October 2023
  • karenpammy2016
    San Francisco, California1,165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a stop here for the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
    It is worth a detour here if you plan to visit Singapore's Chinatown area. You can combine it with visiting Sri Mariamman Temple-- it is only about a 3 block walk. Early morning may be better time as there is less people and it is not that hot yet. Stop and take a moment to look at the intricate details of the five floors from the front before entering. Make sure that you wear clothing to cover up to your knees and shoulders; although, I did notice that they were passing out shawls to cover up to those that came unprepared. Entering the temple, you will see the monks chanting. The intensity and repetition of their lines are pretty incredible. You need to just stop there for a few minutes and listen to the sounds. On the walls on the right side are engraved miniature Buddha . On the sides are miniature gold buddha statues displayed. There is a bathroom as you leave the Main Temple on the right side. The sacred Buddha tooth relic is supposed to held in a glass panel on the 3rd or 4th floor but there was not access up there on the day we visited. Either way, it was worth a stop here to admire this unique architecture and deep vermillon red buddhist temple in Singapore's Chinatown.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 November 2023
  • EarthNatureGirl
    Sicily, Italy116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit and is free
    Just right around the corner, about a 5-minute walk from my hotel so wanted to check it out. Loved the exterior architecture and inside is also beautiful. Unfortunately the day I went they were preparing for an event inside so we couldn’t go in the main part on the ground level. There are a couple different levels to explore so be sure to take the elevator up to see. Although the complex is open many hours, the relics inside are much more limited as far as viewing so check the hours first. Be sure to wear appropriate attire (eg: cover up) when entering…and no hats!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 December 2023
  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia7,593 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museum & Temple of Worship
    I've seen the building described as a remarkable place of worship and a repository of Buddhist wisdom and relics. The Temple reflects Tang Dynasty architecture and inspired by the Buddhist Mandala. We were not able to access the upper floors on the day that we visited, throngs of worshippers and tourists. The ground floor is remarkable for the myriad of buddha images displayed and the reverence displayed by worshippers.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 December 2023
  • WorknForVacation
    Denver, Colorado23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    First Temple in Singapore
    Made a visit here for 15th day of Chinese New Year. It was crowded, and there were a lot of tourists. Some of the staff was rude and I sort of got the vibe that it’s because they don’t like the tourists. Anyway, small garden on the top, a Buddhist museum on one level, and everything you’d expect at a temple. They offer wraps to wear over your shorts and shawls for over your shoulders if you didn’t dress for the temple. This wasn’t my favorite temple experience, I’ve been to many in Japan and Malaysia. However, I count myself lucky to have gotten to go on the 15th day and participate and pray for the family.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 February 2024
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Pirates who are European
Europe502 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
It’s a fascinating 30 to 60 minutes walking around several floors of the temple and close to china town MRT for a wander round Chinatown.

Various reviews advise that you should dress modestly to enter but their are free to borrow sarongs and shawls for those who don’t heed the warnings outside.
Written 4 April 2024
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Russell3939
Castle Rock, CO856 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The temple is much prettier from the inside than the outside. There are 4 levels to visit and a roof top. The 1st floor is definitely the best. What amazing sculptures and statues they have. They use so much color. The second floor is an aerial view of the first but is obstructed because of the curtains. The 3rd and 4th floor are like museum floors. The roof top had a garden and a large spinning drum(not sure of the name). Worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written 25 March 2024
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Hitcher84
Eureka, CA1,472 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Historically important Buddhist temple in Chinatown. They were having prayer service while we were there, which was great. Monks led the worshipping with drumming and chanting. Found the Buddha of my birth year. Free to enter.
Written 21 March 2024
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Brown_Samantha
Kennewick, WA1,680 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited this temple as part of our Singapore self guided walking tour of Chinatown. It is close to the MRT and Maxwell hawker center. When we visited it was all decorated for the recent Chinese lunar new year. Just beautiful and festive. Such a sight amongst modern apartment buildings, glad to see the history preserved.

This is definitely worth the time to visit.
Written 12 March 2024
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK1,224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Amazing temple. When we arrived they were actually doing a service which we felt privileged to see. The monks were lighting candles and doing a chant. There are some beautiful statues inside. You do NOT have to take your shoes off here, but they do require shoulders to be covered and you can borrow a shawl if needed
Written 29 February 2024
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Highroads Traveler
Newtown Square, PA647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
There are so many great temples to see in Singapore, and they are all within walking distance of each other in Chinatown… The Buddha Tooth is iconic with a great story and beautiful is a great place to start!
Written 25 February 2024
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WorknForVacation
Denver, CO23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Made a visit here for 15th day of Chinese New Year. It was crowded, and there were a lot of tourists. Some of the staff was rude and I sort of got the vibe that it’s because they don’t like the tourists. Anyway, small garden on the top, a Buddhist museum on one level, and everything you’d expect at a temple. They offer wraps to wear over your shorts and shawls for over your shoulders if you didn’t dress for the temple. This wasn’t my favorite temple experience, I’ve been to many in Japan and Malaysia. However, I count myself lucky to have gotten to go on the 15th day and participate and pray for the family.
Written 24 February 2024
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Ozz T
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Amazing and very spiritual experience. Definitely worth the time. I suggest starting the visit from the top floor where there is the terrace garden and the praying cylinder
Written 14 February 2024
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Kirby
Yeppoon, Australia78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Quietly wandering the temple and seeing the monks chanting will be an experience that I will cherish. A beautiful place to learn more about Singapore and the Buddhist religion. Thank you for opening your doors to us.
Written 29 January 2024
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Wanderlustaustralia
Sydney, Australia150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
A beautiful temple that is easy to access if you are visiting Chinatown.

Free entry.

We were only able to visit the first level.
Written 12 January 2024
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