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Address: 158 Telok Ayer St | Chinatown, Singapore 068613, Singapore
Phone Number: 65 6423 4616
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Description: The Thian Hock Keng Temple was erected in 1821 by seamen grateful for safe...
The Thian Hock Keng Temple was erected in 1821 by seamen grateful for safe passage, and stands where Singapore's waterfront used to be, before the land was reclaimed.
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The tour took us here and various religions were featured around the temple. Photos are restricted in the area where people are praying. Interesting.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

My city tour included a 25 minute stop here but it was too long. The temple is quite small. If one hasn't been touring SE Asia and hasn't seen a Buddhist temple yet, this is a worthwhile visit.

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Larne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The tour took us here and various religions were featured around the temple. Photos are restricted in the area where people are praying. Interesting.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I discovered Thian Hock Keng Temple as part of my bicycle tour of Riverside, we rode through some narrow back streets from Chinatown to the Central Business District and suddenly we come up to this beautiful and peaceful place. It is the oldest Hokkien temple in Singapore, established in 1820. In those days, surviving the passage from China to Singapore... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Peaceful retreat from the city with marvellous architecture and decorative features. The wooden doors and ceilings have beautiful detail.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The Chinese ethnic group, the Hokkiens celebrate Jade Emperor's birthday on the 8th day of the Lunar New Year. On this day, the devotees come to the temple to pray for blessings for the family for the whole year. There are special Fortune Buckets prepared with auspicious items each with a specific meaning. There will also be "getai" live singing... More 

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The temple is beautiful with many side rooms that display many features of the Chinese religion. Much time can be spent here, absorbing the displays (which are genuine religious rooms, and not placed there for the tourist), but please respect the religious significance of the place. There was only one area where I found photography to be discouraged, but do... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The intricacies of the temple are amazing, take your time and walk around slowly. There is a great garden area adjacent with brass statues to have a break from the heat!

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I've walked past this temple countless times over the years but have never actually been inside until today. It's very popular with your groups and there are often buses parking nearby releasing hordes of tourists. The temple is quite attractive inside although photography inside is discouraged.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This Hokkian styled Taoist temple is truly a masterpiece of Chinese architecture in Singapore. The most stunning part is the entrance gate, the lacquered door depicting dragon and guardians are exceptionally beautiful, the gilded wooden cravings on beams and ceiling are also impressive, sometime too gaudy.

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Quezon City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Thian Hock Keng temple is the only temple included in our city tour. In the middle of Chinatown, the temple is located in a quiet side street. Probably it was a Saturday and there are very few people in the area. Relatively peaceful, the temple is quite ornate in its façade and the various altars are done in intricately designed... More 

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