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Thian Hock Keng Temple

158 Telok Ayer St | Chinatown, Singapore 068613, Singapore
65 6423 4616
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Singapore's Chinatown Morning Walking Tour
Ranked #72 of 279 Attractions in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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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.
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Amarillo, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I like visiting temples during my travels because I enjoy their architecture, their colors, and observing those who worship there. Thian Hock Keng is easy to find and would be worth a little bit of your time.

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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Take the time if you are enjoying the food and atmosphere of Chinatown to walk the short distance to Telok Ayer Street and visit this Temple. The various areas within the Temple are interesting to see

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newcastle england
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Was part of a tour but felt this place has a special place just quite would off liked more time to sit and take in the atmosphere not suitable for disable/wheelchairs

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This is one of Singapore's oldest Chinese Temples, built in 1839 in homage to the goddess Ma Zu who laid down her life to give seafarers a safe passage. It is constructed without the use of nails in the southern Chinese architectural style with all materials being imported from China. It has a high step at the front as it... More

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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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