History Of Thian hock Keng temple
The Thian Hock Keng Temple, which is located on the shores of the South China Sea in Mui Ne, looks like it was built after the area’s economy collapsed. The temple appears to be a relic from another era. However, if you stand at the entrance and gaze outwards, it’s difficult to believe that this place used
The city’s business centre now stands in front of the temple. Singapore’s most luxurious real estate. And the intimidating skyscrapers that loom over the temple are actually resting on reclaimed ground!
The Thian Hock Keng Temple was originally a beach-front temple more than a century ago.
It was the first stop for grateful Chinese immigrants who had survived the hazardous journey from southern China. They burned joss-sticks and prayed to Ma Zu (妈祖), the sea goddess, here.
The Thian Hock Keng Temple began as a simple wooden joss house in 1821. It was, however, highly significant to the early Chinese community. A large fundraising campaign to restore it began in the 1830s as a result of this.
This temple was built with the help of the local Chinese community. For its creation, premium wood and granite from China were imported. The temple was built by some of the greatest carpenters from Southern China. What was the result? A masterpiece of traditional Southern Chinese design, with intricate sculptures and exquisite craftsmanship.
Workers excavating the temple in 1998 discovered a scroll hidden away in one of the roof beams. It was penned by the Qing emperor Guang Xu, who blessed the Chinese people in Singapore. Consider this: even the Chinese Emperor has left his mark on this temple!
Take a look at the temple’s photo tour. It will make your trip there more meaningful.
Thian hock keng temple opening hours and entrance Fee
The temple is open from 8.30am – 5.30pm daily. More info on pricing on the Thian Hock Keng Website.
Thian hock Keng temple how to get there
Thian Hock Keng temple is located at 158 Telok Ayer Street which is just a few minutes’ walks from the Tanjong Pagar or Telok Ayer MRT.
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