Singapore Sojourn: Thian Hock Keng Temple

After visiting Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple and some parts of Chinatown, we walked to see the last temple of this series, Thian Hock Keng temple.Thian Hock Keng, also known as Tianfu Temple, is literally called as “Palace of Heavenly Happiness”.

It is publicly recognized as a temple of Mazu, a Chinese sea goddess, in Singapore. The temple is said to be the oldest and significant for the Hokkien people in the country. On July 6, 1973, the temple was gazetted as a national monument.

My Experience

With the help of app on my phone, we found this temple. We just walked from Chinatown which saved us for the taxi/bus fare. Another good thing of walking is you will be able to explore other roads and hidden gems of Singapore.

The temple is located along Telok Ayer street. When you are nearly there, you will see a signage with the temple’s name. Entrance fee is free, so another reason for you to visit.

When visiting temples in Singapore, make sure to wear a proper attire. If you are unsure, bringing a scarf can be very helpful in case you need to cover a part of your body. For guidance, see image below.

There weren’t much people inside the temple, so I’ve taken my time to look around. There were incense available on one side. I took out incense sticks, lighted it and prayed.

My Thoughts 

I like to visit temples because of the structure, history behind it and to pray. I’m not that religious, I admit, but doing this kind of activity has become a habit. I believe that we should try to explore and get to know more of life. We don’t have to limit ourselves. This world has so much to offer and there is so much to learn, explore.

If you like temples. this should be in your list.


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