Montag, 23. Februar 2015

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum at Singapore



One of my highlights during my quick trip to Singapore:
the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
 a Buddhist temple and museum complex located in the Chinatown district of Singapore.


Compared to other houses of prayer from other religions, guests from all cultures and religions are welcomed and ESPECIALLY taking photographs is not a problem at all in most of the parts of the temple.


The temple is based on the Tang dynasty architectural style and built to house the tooth relic of the historical Buddha. The ground breaking ceremony was conducted on 13 March 2005. So the temple is pretty new - not more than 10 years old!

Since opening, the temple has become a popular attraction within Chinatown.



Hundred Dragons Hall - Maitreya Hall
The Hundred Dragons Hall is located on the first floor of the Temple and is designed after Buddhist temples of the Tang Dynasty. It is solemn and dignified with a hundred Buddhas enshrined on both sides of the hall. The statues of One Hundred Buddhas are individually handcrafted by several sculptors.




Whenever you have the chance to visit the temple, don’t forget to go up to level 5 (roof garden) to check out the Vairocana Buddha Prayer Wheel. The wheel is the largest cloisonné Buddha Prayer Wheel in the world.








Being on the forth floor of the temple you feel like kilometers away from Singapore daily rush and hecticness.

On the fourth floor is the Chamber of the Sacred Buddha Tooth. The gold Sacred Buddha's Tooth Relic Stupa is the center of focus in this magnificent room. There is a gold canopy above the stupas and the floor is lined with gold tiles. Only the Sangha have access to the inner chamber to conduct the various daily services. The visitors are only allowed to observe the daily services from the public viewing area. No photography is allowed in this hall! ;-)

Outside the temple you are quickly back in Singapore reality!!!


In my next post I'll put a focus on the temple's third floor - the Samantabhadra Hall - Nagapuspa Buddhist Culture Museum with its wonderful collection of Buddha statuary.


Kommentare:

  1. Beeindruckende Fotos! Der Tempel ist wirklich prachtvoll geschmückt!
    Hab eine schöne Zeit!
    LG Mary

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  2. Allein die Farben und Dekoration ist überwältigend und wie zuvorkommend das man auch noch alles fotografieren darf! Schön das Du auf deiner kurzen Reise ein bisschen Kultur unterbringen konntest.

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  3. Awesome images! It is so nice that you were able to get so many pictures inside the temple as most places of worship do not allow picture-taking. :)

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  4. Olá Uwe, tudo bem?
    WOW... Was für eine interessante Reise! Ich habe schon wünsche nach Singapur zum fliegen. Vielleicht eines Tages ... mal sehen ...
    Zum Glück bin ich weggelaufen von der Schweizer Winter. Ich war im Urlaub in Brasilien zwischen Dezember und Januar. Es war toll, meine Familie und Freunde zu sehen und durch mein schönes Land reisen. Dort haben wir sehr viel erlebt und haben jeden Tag schönes Wetter gehabt! Ich fühle mich erneuert!
    Jetzt, freue ich mich auf die Frühlingsluft! :-).
    Wünsche ich dir ein super Wochenende, Uwe! Es ist immer gut mit dich durch den Blog reden :-) ! (und ich kann auch trainieren in deutsch zu schreiben :P )
    Um abraço!
    Sandra

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  5. Du hast eine interessante Art, eine Auszeit zu nehmen :). Die Tempel in Asien würden mich auch reizen, was mich abschreckt, sind die Wärme und der lange Flug. Und so bin ich weiterhin auf Menschen wie Dich angewiesen, die Menschen wie mir die große, weite Welt zeigen, während ich mich in einer Hütte im Wald verstecke ;D. Ich freu mich schon auf den nächsten Post. LG Su

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  6. Hello, again! The temple is beautiful and I like that impressive, deep red color . When the statues are the object of worship, you are usually not allowed to photograph, so you were so lucky. Virocana Buddha is enshrined in Todaiji Temple in Nara, the world’s biggest wooden structure. As you know, Japanese temple is not colorful but in somber color of natural wood. I’m happy for you that you could spend in warm (or hot?) places full of vivid colors away from winter chill in the gray landscape. I'm not sure if you could recharge yourself because it was a business trip, but anyway it was good you could enjoy sightseeing.

    Yoko

    Yoko

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