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Thian Hock Kheng Temple

158 Telok Ayer St | Chinatown, Singapore 068613, Singapore
65 6423 4616
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Ranked #105 of 335 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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Palm Coast, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

One of the oldest Hokkien temples in Singapore opened in 1842. What is very interesting is that the entire temple was built without any nails! It is dedicated to Goddess of the Sea Ma Zu. A must see when in Singapore.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

You shouldn't leave out a visit here if in Chinatown. We had the benefit of a private guide from Indie Singapore Tours who gave us so much information about the shrines around the temple and the history of the temple itself, how it used to be on the beach front and was a place where seafarers came to give thanks... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

A peaceful serene place, impressed with the ceremonies, and the explanations of the gifts & offerings for their celebrations

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I'd visited Thian Hock Kheng previously but wanted to take my family there to experience it. They loved it and we spent a great deal of time there. Lots to see and discuss and some great photos taken. We then walked the back streets to the Buddha Relic Museum, really recommended as we saw much more than just taking a... More

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