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Sri Mariamman Temple

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Address: 244 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058793, Singapore
Phone Number: 2234064
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Description: Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple is also one of the most popular thanks to...
Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple is also one of the most popular thanks to its proximity to Chinatown and its colorful exterior. Admission is free, though a donation is requested of those taking photographs. An annual fire-walking ceremony is held here every October or November.
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Who was it that said, "Give me a child until the age of 7, and I'll get him to believe anything?"

I came around the corner, and there it was, in all its glory. It is fantastic! Who cares about the religion? but as a spectical it is absolutely GREAT! - and really good fun... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 NEW

I came around the corner, and there it was, in all its glory. It is fantastic! Who cares about the religion? but as a spectical it is absolutely GREAT! - and really good fun, and so colorful. There are blue people, green people and some chap with an elephant trunk instead of a nose. When I was in India, my... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore. Interestingly, this temple is in between a mosque and Buddhist temple along the same stretch of road. Entry is free but you have to fork out S$3 if you would like to take photographs. Footwear is not allowed in the temple and you need to cover up if you are... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore (constructed 1827) and is devoted to the mother Goddess. The structure is easily located in China Town and the complex is ornate and has many intricate murals. It is still a place of worship so strict dress codes apply, some areas are roped off and shoes must be removed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The facade of this temple is breathtakingly beautiful. We visited while the had a "service" in progress. It was so interesting to see all the colorful idols, smell the different smells and hear and see the live musicians making music for the gods. Definitely worth a visit!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I noticed it as one of the "must sees" in the neihgbourhood and decided to visit the temple complex. Entry is free, they do ask for a small donation if you want to make pictures. The inside is pretty small and except for the nice sculptures you see in the photos there is not much else to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

A busy temple in Chinatown with lots of devotee. It is full of paintings and statues inside. Don't forget to take off your footwear before entering this temple.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We visited the temple as tourists. It was very interesting. The temple was beautiful. It was full of people, statues and paintings. You can take photos for a small fee. You need to remove your shoes and should be dressed appropriately, but you can borrow a covering if you have to cover up.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

It isn't difficult to find this temple as it is located right inside Chinatown and can be spotted by the colorful tower of Hindu icons guarding the entrance to the temple. One can enter for free but must pay to take photos.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Very near to China Town MRT Station, at the junction of temple street and south bridge road, this oldest Hindu temple is there. This agamic temple was opened in 1827. Besides worship, this temple at that time was known for Registry of Marriages for Hindus. Now this temple is a national monument. It is dedicated to the goddess Mariamman, known... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

i didn't go inside only looked from the outside, its a very colourful temple. the holly cows were interesting, it worth a look, i guess but i don't think that i would go back again unlike some of the other temples in Singapore.

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Chinatown is a classic combination of colorful sights, enticing smells, and sometimes startling sounds. The precinct is unique, however, in its blending of religions and cultures. A Hindu temple, an Islamic mosque, and a Chinese Buddhist temple sit almost side by side. This sense of cultural harmony continues as you venture just outside of Chinatown to the nightlife areas of Club Street and Duxton Hill. There you’ll mingle with Singapore’s multicultural residents at the modern bars and restaurants dotting the bustling streets. An afternoon in and around Chinatown will leave you culturally enlightened, well fed, and loaded with souvenirs. In the evening, reward yourself with a well-deserved cocktail as the locals come out to play.
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