Singapore Sojourn: Sri Mariamman Temple

After exploring Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and having our lunch in a nearby restaurant, we proceeded to our next destination, the Sri Mariamman Temple. We just walked because the distance between the 2 temples is just 160 meters, see image below.

The Temple 

According to Wikipedia, the Sri Mariamman Temple was founded in 1827. It is Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple. Due to the temple’s historical and architectural significance, it has been listed as a national monument.I find this temple quite interesting because of the design of the entrance tower.

When I did a bit of research, I found out that it’s called Gopuram. It is a richly decorated structure at the entrance of any temple and is very common in Southern India. This kind of structure serves as gateways through the walls that surround the temple.

The admission in the temple is free. However, I paid S$3 for the camera fee. Since I’ve already brought my camera with me, I just paid and took as many photos as I can. If you have a video camera, the fee is S$6.

Before you enter the temple, you have to remove your shoes. Outside, there is a shoe rack where you store your footwear.

My Experience 

Right, before I forget, there is a very important thing you have to bear in mind when going to religious temples. Always make sure to wear an appropriate dress. If you are wearing shorts, you should cover your legs with shawls or wraps.

If you are not sure, bringing a shawl can always be handy.After securing our shoes, we went in. We proceeded to the booth on one side and paid for the camera fee. Inside the temple, there are a lot of intricate designs.

This temple looks “simple” compared to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. However, the designs are quite interesting. As you see on the photos below, even the ceiling was painted with different images of Hindu gods.

In the temple, only a few tourists were there and I think that gave the “solemn” atmosphere. I observed some parts of the temple aren’t available for tourists. So, I just satisfied myself with the statutes and drawings on the ceiling and walls. We were in the temple for 10-15 minutes.

If you love temples, you might want to include Sri Mariamman Temple on your list.


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