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Thian Hock Keng Temple

158 Telok Ayer St | Chinatown, Singapore 068613, Singapore
65 6423 4616
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Ranked #94 of 342 Attractions in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

I had read about this temple in a guidebook when planning my trip to Singapore and was intrigued to learn that the entry gates were made in Glasgow, Scotland - my home city. So I was pleased to find the time to pay it a visit while in the city. It is a beautiful temple, with ornate and colourful carvings... More

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Colchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Walked over to here through the streets which was nice and easy, and it's not hard to locate. I turned up just the right side of worship so had full access to the temple, but I get the feeling if I'd turned up half an hour earlier I may have been locked out of parts. It's a working temple, but... More

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Bowie, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is a larger temple open to the public. It is definitely worth seeing, and is about a 10 minute walk from Chinatown. It is a worship site as well, so be prepared to be respectful to those visiting for holy reasons. Make sure you walk along the sides, as well as in the main doors, as you can see... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

There is little or no information provided at the site, but go and spend 20 minutes or so looking round at the beautiful and ornate decoration of this street temple.

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Palm Coast, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Thian Hock Kengs Singapore's oldest Chinese temple and is recognised as the most important temple of the local Hokkien community. Designed and built by skilled craftsmen from China according to Chinese temple architectural traditions, it was completed in 1842. It is an active place of worship and you must respect their traditions and people worshipping. I found it very interesting... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Thian Hock Kheng temple is the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore. Built by the early Chinese immigrants community in 1842, It was visited by Chinese immigrants giving thanks to Ma Zu (Goddess of the Sea) for their safe voyage from China to Singapore. This traditionally built temple boasted of southern Chinese architectural style. The entire structure was assembled without nails.... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Set in the colourful back streets of Chinatown, which in itself are a photographers dream with so many vibrant colours and building facades, this is truly a beautiful and well maintained temple. Although small you can respectfully wander around at a distance to enjoy the many paintings, statues, carvings and just simply marvel at its wonderful structure and decorations. Thanks... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

went to this temple in chinatown and was quiet happy with the silent ambience. photographs aren't allowed beyond a point and our guide explained the aspects of each god in the temple related to heath, wealth and overseas travel . Temple was maintained well and we the joss sticks are complimentary for anyone who wishes to pray there.

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Mevagissey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

What a thoroughly interesting temple. As others have already said it's one of the earliest temples in Singapore of the Hokkein style. It's a feast for the eyes with its colourful statues and carvings. It was very busy the day we went and there were joss-sticks aplenty hence it was really smokey but I consider it a 'must-see' if you... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Living in Hong Kong, I have seen many Tin Hau (Mazu) temples. This one is very nice and quite spacious. It has shrines to various other deities and is a lovely open space to explore. While not as intricate as the Mazu temples in Taiwan, nor as atmospheric as those in Hong Kong, it has a personality of its own... More

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