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Thian Hock Keng Temple

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Address: 158 Telok Ayer Street | Chinatown, Singapore 068613, Singapore
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+65 6423 4616

The Thian Hock Keng Temple was erected in 1821 by seamen grateful for safe...

The Thian Hock Keng Temple was erected in 1821 by seamen grateful for safe passage, and stands where Singapore's waterfront used to be, before the land was reclaimed.

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The first stop for the early immigrants from Fujian China

Behind the splendor of this temple, there lies layers of histories of the early Fujian (especially Minnan people) workers who sought work in Singapore. It was not just a temple... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Behind the splendor of this temple, there lies layers of histories of the early Fujian (especially Minnan people) workers who sought work in Singapore. It was not just a temple but a community hub as well as an employment exchange in those days. The main deity of the temple is Mazu, more commonly known as Tian Hou, the Goddess of... More 

Thank taovictor
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the most interesting old buildings in Singapore, a must visit for any traveler. Beautiful intricate statues and buildings. It is free to visit but you can always make a donation. Confuscious, Taoist and Buddhist temples, all under one roof.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This temple was built for the Chinese to give thanks to Mazu or Tin Hou for a safe voyage to Singapore - formerly the Strait Settlements. The temple is shared between Taoist and Buddhists - and all pray together. Easy to tell who's who - Buddhist palms together and Taoist right over left. The architecture is magnificent and well worth... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

I always find temples interesting for their local significance and architecture. This one is no different and it's Indian devotees clearly revere the place. Here are intricate statues and many picture opportunities. Worth a visit and it's free.

Thank coralhill
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Invest in the free guided tour. It really is free but make a donation to the temple. Taoist, Buddhist and Confuscianism are all located in this one Temple. The religions are so complex you will need a guide but well worth the time and effort. Make sure you keep an eye out for the bats sleeping in the rafters.

Thank Nigel C
Norton Lindsey, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

OK, we visited several temples on our trip with most being of Chinese origin so, if I am not mistaken, this was a Muslim one which, though interesting, cannot compare with the opulence of the Bubbhist temples visited on our trip. Having said that, the carvings, the colours and the overall ambiance of the place, makes it worth a visit.

Thank Chris W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

The Temple is located on Jalan Teluk Ayer, about 5 minuts walk from Teluk Ayer MRT. It's a quite big and beautiful temple. Inside you can see many rooms with praying tables.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Another very ornate temple, with lots of history. Side temples around the main one. One to Confuscius. Be careful not to take photos beyond the main entrance or you'll be swiftly told to cease! Respect very important.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

The temple is very beautiful. You can walk along the whole area to see the structure which were built without any nail!. Don;t forget to visit "Singapore Music Box Museum" which located in the next door.

Thank mesymes
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

It is the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore. Built in bigger area than other temples in its vicinity. Photographs are allowed only in some parts in the temple. Buddhism books available for free for reading and takeaway in the temple.

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