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Thian Hock Kheng Temple

158 Telok Ayer St | Chinatown, Singapore 068613, Singapore
65 6423 4616
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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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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We visited this temple on the spur of the moment. On the day we visited there were quite a few worshippers as it was in the middle of the Chinese New Year celebrations, despite this, we found the temple very serene and calming. The carvings and architecture is wonderful. We got talking to one of the men that worked/volunteered there... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We only have time for one Chinese temple while in Singapore, and we decided to go to this one, after reading about it at the website below. http://www.beokeng.com/disptemple.php?temple=thian-hock-keng It has all the architectural features of a traditional Chinese temple in South East Asia - dragons, lions, door gods, lanterns, curvy roofs, etc It only opens during the day, so take... More

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Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

This is a small old temple. A very beautiful one. There were only few tourists when we visited. The small One story building is seraunded with high buildings and seem to be an island of tranquility.

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Calgary, Canada
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

We were on a Tour East tour. The temple is a typical Chinese temple you would expect. There was a main area in the centre, and then some smaller temples with different gods on the outside circling the main area. 15min is all you need here. It is a great little stop on a City Tour but do not go... More

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Bergen, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Nice to see a living temple, but be adviced that most part of the (small) place has a No Photo policy. Still worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

It looks like any other Buddhist temples out there anywhere. It's like most of the Hindu temples more or less look the same. But, to people to are Buddhism followers, this is a nice temple to go to. It's spacious so you won;t be affected much by the incense smoke. I came here aside from visiting, I also prayed. The... More

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Pune, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Well as a part of our city tour, we happen to visit here. This is one of the oldest and most important Chinese temple in Singapore. I will recommend this place only if u r interested. However you can see the ways in which the devotees pray and It is a good visit for 10-15 mins to see. What's fascinating... More

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Merthyr Tydfil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Built in 1842 this is the oldest and most important Fukien or Hoklo temple in Singapore. We found this temple hard to find and it did not help that several people we asked directions from had no idea where it was. Perhaps we were just unlucky, but we did find it eventually it is not far off the main street... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

The most impressive aspect of this delightful temple is its understatement. Westerners are sometimes surprised by the excessive gaudiness of many Asian shrines. This place, like the Khoo Kong Si in Penang (my personal favourite) is remarkable. Calm. Set in a relatively quiet street that used to be on the beach, it is now dwarfed by the skyscrapers of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Following a hectic day looking at the modern aspects of Singapore such as the Marina Bay Sands Sky Park and Sentosa Island we wanted to see more of the traditional side of Singapore so decided to visit this temple, based purely on its recommendation in our guide book. What can I say the temple was so beautiful and spiritual and... More

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