Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
4.5
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum (BTRTM) was founded in 2002 by Venerable Shi Fazhao. It was registered by the Registrar of Societies in 20th February 2003, and as a charity under the Charities Act in 8th January 2004. The Temple is dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha, which means 'The Compassionate One', and also called 'The Future Buddha'. (A)WEEKLY FREE GUIDED TOUR: BTRTM is pleased to offer a 1 1/2 - 2 hrs long guided tour of the Temple every Saturdays at 2pm. The tour will be conducted free-of-charge in English by the temple's Volunteers guides. Limited slots are available per weekly session. Confirmed registration is based on first-come-first-serve basis. (B)DISCOVERING BUDDHISM: Shakyanmuni Buddha had gained insight into the truth, perfected the qualities of wisdom and compassion over 2560 years ago. His teachings develops clarity in minds, enables abilities to end suffering and finds lasting happiness. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is carrying on the mission in offering "Discovering Buddhism' programme. 'Discovering Buddhism' is a specially designed programme for participants to gain experiential taste of Chinese Mahayana Buddhist etiquette, Basic Buddhist teachings and Basic Meditation within a day. This English taught programme is suitable for both tourists who wish to learn more about Buddhism and experienced learners who needs a refresher. Participants will benefit from the interactive and engaging teaching led by Venerable Wu Xiang and Venerable Ru Zhi who have more than a decade experience teaching Buddhism and Meditation in different cultural settings! [Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Etiquette] Buddhist etiquette is an important part of every Buddhist life. It expresses religious sentiments to the Buddha, the Teacher (Monk or Nun) and promotes gracefulness in social interactions. This is also a mean of training in mindfulness in every action one is taking. [Basic Buddhist teachings] Buddhism has been transmitted over the past centuries because of its timeless and enduring message to the spiritual needs of man in finding true peace, happiness, and well-being. In this part of the programme, learn about the basic essential knowledge of Buddhism. [Basic Meditation] Buddhist have been practicing meditation in cultivating calm, focused and positive states of mind. Introductory of technique will be taught to enable the participants to learn practical tips on how to achieve a clearer state of mind and focus better. Things to take note : * Avoid wearing hats, shorts or revealing tops * The organizer reserves the right to cancel the tour due to unforeseen circumstances. In such instances, registrants will be notified via their mobile phones.
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Neighborhood: Outram
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  • Telok Ayer • 6 min walk
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  • bob2bkk
    Bangkok, Thailand5,975 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A peaceful, reflective change from touring.
    Located about 2 blocks up from Pagoda Street in Chinatown, you will find the Temple. It is a beautiful structure outside and in. It is free to enter and the colorful designs and gold Buddha's are stunning. Nice to visit, but also to reflect and worship. We found ourselves mesmerized as we stood and observed the meaning and education that the many Buddha's statutes depicted. It's definitely worth a visit. Beats walking thru the junk shops of Chinatown.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 17, 2023
  • shawna196
    Vancouver, Canada32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    This temple/museum was close to our hotel so we popped in for a few minutes, it was actually better than I expected and we probably spent 30 - 40 minutes there! It is free and you walk through the different levels to see the treasures, gardens and learn about Buddhism. I really enjoyed it.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 29, 2023
  • asthecrowsfly2
    Melbourne, Australia219 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ornate and beautiful!
    We visited the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in May 2023. The Temple is quite ornate and beautiful. We were mindful not to interrupt people taking worship at the time of our visit. It is a requirement to dress modestly out of respect, and whilst it wasn't a requirement for us to wear headscarves, we had them with us. Several ladies were given long sarong-like garments to cover exposed areas of their bodies if it was deemed necessary before entering the temple. We were able to buy some small items such as beaded bracelets inside the temple. Definitely a must-see destination.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 14, 2023
  • Jacqui R
    Oxford, United Kingdom173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed!!
    Our first Buddhist Temple visit! What a treat!! Truly not to be missed!! Especially as it's free!! Four wonderful floors!! With a quieter meditation space open to all, as well as a truly beautiful lush contemplative garden with prayer wheel on the roof!!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 22, 2023
  • ccpling
    177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place for the peace of mind
    It is located in China town, Singapore. The purpose is to to promote Buddhist culture and education and provide welfare services to the public. It is indeed a tranquil place to consider during the hassle. It throws away your worries by spending some time in the temple.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 6, 2023
  • JenJM_13
    Leopold, Australia125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing temple
    Absolutely beautiful temple with 4 floors and a roof top. Each level offering different experiences. Easy to fill in half a day but could just as easily quickly visit if time poor. Free to visit. Put on the to do list when visiting Singapore. Right in the middle of Chinatown. Has wheelchair access
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Belle
    Quezon City, Philippines22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful temple and a must see!
    This temple is well worth the visit just for the intricate details alone. You get to see every inch of the temple which has multiple floors ranging from the main area to a few museum levels. You can wear your shoes everywhere EXCEPT when you go to see the tooth relic. Also, no hats. If you’re wearing shorts or a shirt skirt, they have sarongs for you to wear. I only wish the labels had English translations because not all of the labels did. But overall, an amazing temple to see!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 9, 2023
  • wireless_in_CA
    United States4,983 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Temple in Chinatown
    This multi story temple was home to Buddha’s tooth but also many other relics. Multiple altars and tiny Buddha statues from floor to ceiling took up most of the first floor. Look out for the unusual donation “ATM machines”, a first for me. We took the elevator up to see the tooth relic. We had to remove our shoes before entering. On each side were raised platforms for praying. The altar was surrounded with gold and enclosed behind glass. No photos allowed inside. On the rooftop, accessible only by stairs, was a garden with a huge prayer wheel that one could spin and pray. The museum was small with a collection of more artifacts and relics of Buddha. A timeline of Buddha’s life was very interesting to follow.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • karenpammy2016
    San Francisco, California1,165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a stop here for the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
    It is worth a detour here if you plan to visit Singapore's Chinatown area. You can combine it with visiting Sri Mariamman Temple-- it is only about a 3 block walk. Early morning may be better time as there is less people and it is not that hot yet. Stop and take a moment to look at the intricate details of the five floors from the front before entering. Make sure that you wear clothing to cover up to your knees and shoulders; although, I did notice that they were passing out shawls to cover up to those that came unprepared. Entering the temple, you will see the monks chanting. The intensity and repetition of their lines are pretty incredible. You need to just stop there for a few minutes and listen to the sounds. On the walls on the right side are engraved miniature Buddha . On the sides are miniature gold buddha statues displayed. There is a bathroom as you leave the Main Temple on the right side. The sacred Buddha tooth relic is supposed to held in a glass panel on the 3rd or 4th floor but there was not access up there on the day we visited. Either way, it was worth a stop here to admire this unique architecture and deep vermillon red buddhist temple in Singapore's Chinatown.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 18, 2023
  • EarthNatureGirl
    Sicily, Italy116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit and is free
    Just right around the corner, about a 5-minute walk from my hotel so wanted to check it out. Loved the exterior architecture and inside is also beautiful. Unfortunately the day I went they were preparing for an event inside so we couldn’t go in the main part on the ground level. There are a couple different levels to explore so be sure to take the elevator up to see. Although the complex is open many hours, the relics inside are much more limited as far as viewing so check the hours first. Be sure to wear appropriate attire (eg: cover up) when entering…and no hats!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 4, 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,666 contributions
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Mar 2020
This is a Buddhist temple in the heart of Chinatown. I’ve visited this temple before and got to see the shrine where the relic is said to be stored. Sadly, the upper floors were closed off when I visited this time because of Covid. No photographs are permitted of the tooth relic shrine anyway, so it’s just as well that the temple is a beautiful building built in the Tang Dynasty Style. Along with the Chinatown area, this is probably the one thing that should be on any visit to the neighbourhood.
Written March 10, 2020
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Vuong N
Ottawa, Canada176 contributions
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Jan 2020
Located right in the middle of Chinatown, the temple has an imposing present to the visitors. Close to Chinese New Year, the temple was busy with worshipers. The inside the temple is well decorated with religlious statues of Chinese and Indian deities and memorable plaques. .
Written January 23, 2020
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Chelsea B
Milton Keynes, UK2,066 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We enjoyed visiting the impressively sized Buddha Tooth Relic temple, which houses the apparent tooth of Buddha. The temple is in traditional Chinese architecture and despite it's large size is very elegant and incredibly peaceful too. I've only ever been to China on a brief layover so it was the first time I'd seen something on this scale. 
Written July 15, 2020
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karenpammy2016
San Francisco, CA1,165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
It is worth a detour here if you plan to visit Singapore's Chinatown area. You can combine it with visiting Sri Mariamman Temple-- it is only about a 3 block walk. Early morning may be better time as there is less people and it is not that hot yet. Stop and take a moment to look at the intricate details of the five floors from the front before entering. Make sure that you wear clothing to cover up to your knees and shoulders; although, I did notice that they were passing out shawls to cover up to those that came unprepared.
Entering the temple, you will see the monks chanting. The intensity and repetition of their lines are pretty incredible. You need to just stop there for a few minutes and listen to the sounds. On the walls on the right side are engraved miniature Buddha . On the sides are miniature gold buddha statues displayed.
There is a bathroom as you leave the Main Temple on the right side. The sacred Buddha tooth relic is supposed to held in a glass panel on the 3rd or 4th floor but there was not access up there on the day we visited.
Either way, it was worth a stop here to admire this unique architecture and deep vermillon red buddhist temple in Singapore's Chinatown.
Written November 18, 2023
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UnT
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It takes a day to visit the whole temple. The top most golden buddha temple is a must see where his original teeth and hair is kept . There is a meditation place where anyone can come and sit as long as they want till the closing time which is 7 pm.
you will feel relaxed and energized. What a wonderful feeling !
Written January 13, 2021
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David Keegan
Manchester, UK268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Chinatown, Singapore, is unfortunately become something of an over exploited tourist trap. The food court is overpriced and pretty awful, seemingly relying on passing trade rather then return visitors. This temple, on the other hand, is rich in history with 4 floors of both shrines and museums. On the 5th floor, reached by stairs, is a very pretty and beautifully maintained garden with an enclosed prayer wheel room. The gardens are filled with a wonderful assortment of Orchids. This is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the streets below. Incredibly the centre is free to visit.
Written February 5, 2020
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BeHappy65
London18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A beautiful temple in Chinatown. Very east to get to. Open to visitors - please cover arms and legs if you visit here, they do provide coverings if required though. The temple is so elegant and peaceful, you feel very spiritual here. It's good to just stop and take it all in. Very impressed - this is a must visit make sure you visit all the floors.
Written October 2, 2020
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Fred T
Reno, NV741 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
There are two enterances. One allows access to all five floors, while the other is just to the ground floor. Take the elevator up to the top and work your way down floor by floor via the stairs (no waiting time that way). There are things to see on each floor; some allow photos; some not. Shoes are allowed in most places. Modest dress is required (saw some women forced to cover up). It is free. Would have liked more explainations on Buddhism.
Written February 3, 2020
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Michael T
Formby, UK1,154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Whist Chinatown was a bit of a let down, the Tooth Relic Temple certainly was not. I realise reading some of the other reviews that we should have spent more time there, but we were a bit jet lagged. Nevertheless we enjoyed the architecture and the interior decor and it certainly made the trip to Chinatown worthwhile.
Written March 10, 2020
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Judy T
Gold Coast, Australia222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
This spectacular temple was less than a minutes walk from our hotel and drew our attention. From the moment we stepped inside it was a very moving experience. The monks were chanting and it was mesmerising. The bottom level is the temple where you are free to walk the entire perimeter to observe. Lifts to the upper levels take you to the museum and artifacts with an extensive collection of Buddhist history and culture. The fourth floor is the Buddha's tooth. You must remove your shoes and no photos are permitted here. The rooftop garden houses a magnificent prayer wheel. We visited here several times over our week stay, every day was a different experience within the temple.
Written June 13, 2022
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