Singapore Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Bell in the temple

Each time when I have the chance to spend some private moments with my girl, I will always try to bring her to a little excursion. We had been to the MacRitchie Reservoir and Changi village previously and we always enjoy each other’s company.

Last Sunday, I was tasked to take care of my little darling again so that her mommy could run some errands for a couple of hours. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity to spend some quality time with her again. So I asked her, “Where shall we go?” and she said she would like to go to a place where she could do some photography. I was pleasantly surprised by her reply as I liked the idea too. Since the weather forecast was cloudy/raining, I thought somewhere indoor might be a better idea. After some research, I found just the ideal place  – The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple at Chinatown. 😉

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum opens daily from 7am to 7pm, including public holidays. Since this is a sacred place where the tooth relic of the Buddha is stored, all visitors should adhere to the dress code – basically anything that is “indecent” or “disrespectful” such as mini skirt, shorts, bare-back, etc are not allowed. Photography, on the other hand, is generally allowed in the temple, except for level 4 where the relic is kept.

My original intention was to bring her around the Chinatown area and end the day at the temple. However, she didn’t seem too interested in the shops and hence I thought maybe we could go to another place after the temple. As the weather then turned out fine, I asked her if she was keen for a little hike. She gave a very energetic and positive response and thus we made some changes to our plan. We spent about one hour in the temple before leaving for Mount Faber, where we did some hiking. If not for the change in plan, we would probably have spent a few more hours at the temple’s Exhibition Hall and Museum at level two and three respectively.

Daily Chanting

This is where the sacred Buddha Tooth Relic is kept. No photography beyond this point is allowed.

When you do visit the temple, don’t forget to go up to level 5 (sky garden) to check out the Vairocana Buddha Prayer Wheel. The wheel is the largest cloisonné Buddha Prayer Wheel in the world. Cylindrical in shape, it is a religious artefact commonly used by Chinese Buddhists. The rim is embossed with esoteric Vairocana Mantra and a piece of the scripture is placed inside. Every turn of the wheel represents a single recital of the scripture and mantra.

After an hour or so, we left the temple and headed for our next destination – Mount Faber / Henderson Wave Bridge.

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