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Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple

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88 Bright Hill Road Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Singapore 574117 Singapore
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Merlion Singapore wrote a review Dec 2019
Singapore, Singapore34 contributions18 helpful votes
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Been here many times especially during Wesak day and New Year for offering and Blessing. A spacious area with a few hall building and nice scenery. The cute things is little monk statue.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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JeannieBT wrote a review Nov 2019
Paris, France28 contributions7 helpful votes
I always make it a point to visit this monastery whenever I'm in Singapore because it is so peaceful and calm once you are out of the busy bustling city center. This time, I’m accompanied by my best friend from the UK. I wanted to share my admiration of this beautiful surroundings with her. We visited most of the existing halls with many gigantic and colorful Buddhas. In spite of quite a bit of construction works around the site, my friend really enjoyed this outing. We have visited many temples and monasteries in many other Asian countries, this monastery is one of a kind, definitely worth a visit.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Yit Seng C wrote a review Aug 2019
Singapore, Singapore124 contributions42 helpful votes
Is a huge compound comprising of a number of buildings. Please cater at least 1-2 hours to cover the whole area. Extremely serene and peaceful! Excellent place to clam your mind. Be mindful with your dressing though as this is a worship place. Can be really crowded if you visit during buddhist festival like Vesak Day, etc.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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ucav37 wrote a review Mar 2019
Singapore, Singapore198 contributions18 helpful votes
Phor Kark See Temple is one of the oldest temple in the Kong Meng San Crematorium complex. This temple housed 3 White Jade Buddhas representing Buddhas from the past, present and future. The temple allows devotees to have their queries answered via bamboo stick oracle but the abbot disallowed the oracle interpretation book which I offered to explain the meaning of the poems in the oracle. There is not much artistic or cultural design in the building. But there are alot more chinese cultural influence in the deities and buddhas and temple complex on the right side of Phor Kark See Temple. One have to climb the stairs next to the car park and you will see the various other temple complexes connected via traditional chinese design sheltered walk way. You can see a tall statue of Guan Yin. At least there are 3 big temple buildings to visit down this corridor. Only inconvenience is up and down hill of the stairs.. which posed problems for handicapped visitors on wheelchair, some other building are handicap friendly. Behind Phor Kark See Temple there is also a small sort of flea market shop selling 2nd hand stuff donated by people and a vegetarian mass hall. Visitors can purchase vegetarian food from them or dine there but please call in or place your order in advance. The vegetarian dishes are very tasty, far better than those sold in hawker centers or coffee shop. On the left side there is a small landscaping setup of waterfall and pond with Koi fishes. About 50 meters from Phor Kark See front door is the crematorium and a tortoise pond (Big one). There used to be a chicken that roams freely around that area but I seldom see it these days. If you visit in the start of 3rd lunar month there will be mass of people visiting to pay respect to their ancestors housed in the temple complex. 7th lunar month also the hungry ghost month is another with many going there for prayers. The monks can be employed for such prayers outside the temple too. For those who drive there are free parking space and also chargeable car parks. However 3rd and 7th lunar months is quite a huge challenge finding parking space. During such times I recommend visit via public transport. I believe bus service 130 passes through Sin Min Road which is very near to the temple. It travel from Shenton Way to Ang Mo Kio. This is not just a place for spiritual, religious believe but a place of cultural and architectural designs and the environment is a place that gives one a peaceful feeling and cleanses the mind.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Robin P wrote a review Mar 2019
Sydney, Australia359 contributions86 helpful votes
Bright Hill Temple or “Kong Meng San Phor Kark & Monastery” has a turtle pond and a Chinese crematorium (where most of Singapore’s deceased are cremated) but is a Buddhist Temple! It was built in 1920 to encourage Buddhism and provide accommodation for monks. It covers 75,470 sq. m. (size of 10 football fields). Beautiful ornate colored buildings, wooden carvings, so very peaceful located in Bishan, Singapore. There is a Pagoda of 0000s of Buddhas and approximately seven large halls some of which the public may enter (shoes must be removed). Appropriate dress means knees and shoulders must be covered. Whilst entry is free, donations are welcomed. This amazing site sums up Singapore’s amazing culture/religious mix. Easy access by public transport Bishan MRT station and Bus 410.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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