Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple, Singapore

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8,696 contributions
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One of the largest Mahayana Buddhist temple in Singapore for learning about Buddhism, refuge taking, healing and spiritual practices. The monastery premises comprise of stupas,prayer halls, crematorium and columbarium which houses over 200,000 niches, bell and drum towers, and an outdoor statue of Avalokitesvara stands between the Dharma Hall and the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas. The Hong Choon Memorial Hall of the temple was built in 2004. Another notable feature of the monastery is a Bodhi Tree which had its sapling brought from the sacred Bodhi tree at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, which was itself brought as a sapling from the sacred Bodhi Tree of Bodh Gaya, India where Shakyamuni Buddha was said to have attained enlightenment. The monastery offers traditional services such as group chantings, refuge-taking ceremonies, prayers & blessings on regular basis and festive days. Dhamma classes and public talks are also conducted. They also have the vision to bring Dharma resources to a wider context through their Public Resource Library, Free Distribution of Dhamma Books, Student Care and Awareness Place Buddhist Retail Outlets.
Written February 3, 2015
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DSSH2016
Singapore, Singapore84 contributions
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Kong Meng Shan Phor Kark See Monastery (KMSPKS) also known as Bright Hill Temple is just like any place of worship and prayers. You would feel relax, mindful and tranquil after your visit. Today, it is the most significant and renowned monasteries in Southeast Asia in my opinion, housing several gigantic Buddha statues. Many come to the Medicinal Buddha, requesting for good health, recovery from sickness and successful surgical operations. Another is the awe inspiring Shakyamuni Buddha statue towering 13.8 meters, and the hall is 3290 sq metres, half of a football field in the Hall of No Form.
The Monastery welcomes visitors and tourists. There are free tours provided in English and Mandarin, and better call ahead to register. Free meals like vegetarian noodles and tea are also provided during festive days and weekends. Good to try a bowl of noodles so well done and simple to the taste. During Vesak Celebrations, thousands pay respects to the Buddha, and the temple ground is very crowded. Buddhists perform the “3 steps and 1 bow” ceremony and chant in a disciplined unison. Truly awesome to watch, and perhaps join in the train of devotees as they snake their way in the temple compound. There is NO imposing for donations. The freedom and choice is yours. Also no touting is allowed. Everyone respects one another.

You will find KMSPKS a spiritual sanctuary in urban Singapore. Founded in 1921, as one of the first traditional Chinese forest monasteries in Singapore which sits on 75,470 square metres, equivalent to 11 football fields. Buddhists come here together to learn, practise and share the teaching of the Buddha. KMSPKS offers many courses like meditation, yoga, Buddhism basic courses, careers guidance, special classes for children and social counseling.

What impressed me most is the imperial Chinese architecture, mostly influenced by the early immigrants in 19th and 20th centuries from Fujian, southern China. I am amazed by the raised platforms, glazed orange tiles, extended eaves and roof apex combined with a ridge of tiles and statues. Owing to traditional beliefs, there are wooden or ceramic human figurines, wall sculptures of lion, phoenix and dragons which enhance and adorn the beauty of the temple buildings. Much influenced by superstition and religion, mainly by Taoism and Buddhism. You may feel that you are touring in some parts of China.
Recently the Buddhist College of Singapore has been upgraded to its new building, celebrating its 10th Anniversary. It offers both Bachelor and Master degree programs in English and Chinese.
KMSPKS provides crematorium services to Buddhists in a special section of the monastery, which is not noticeable by visitors. There is also a columbarium to remember the loved ones.

To access to KMSPKS stop at Bishan MRT, and take any bus nos: 52, 162, 410W. Alight at the temple front bus stop. Seek the assistance of the Bus Captain for your destination Bright Hill Temple if you are unsure where to alight.

“BREATHE In, RELAX, SMILE and Be HAPPY”
Written October 20, 2016
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Keith70
Worksop, UK654 contributions
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This is our 3rd visit in Singapore so we were looking for somewhere we had not visited and chose this temple. It is outside of the centre but the journey was well worth the effort as this was an excellent choice.
Take MRT in direction of Jurong East to Bishan MRT. Exit via exit A to bus interchange.
Take bus 52 (every 15mins) from Interchange to Bef Bright Hill Top. The bus stops right outside the entrance.
The address of the temple is 88 Bright Hill Road. The bus can be caught on the opposite side of the road to return to Bishan Interchange and the MRT.

Beautiful everywhere you look. It was so quiet and peaceful. A photographers delight. There are so many things to see. Everywhere you look there is another temple or pond or statutes. You can easily spend a couple hours here. There is also somewhere to get coffee.
Written April 9, 2016
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GFP32999
Sacramento, CA147 contributions
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The temple complex is both beautiful and educational. We were surprised to find many interruptive signs, and books available in English (for a donation). We were able to learn about the function of temple buildings and the meaning of the statues. We are now enjoying several books about the Buddhist practice that we picked up there. You can easily spend 2-3 hours exploring the buildings and grounds.
We took the #410 bus from the bus terminal outside of Bishan rail station and entered at Gate 3.
Written April 2, 2015
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Jana C
Prague, Czech Republic4,618 contributions
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I wanted to visit this temple (monastery) for a while now. This time we were staying close to MRT Novena so MRT Bishan was only three stops away. We took bus number 52 from front of Junction 8 Shopping Centre (you can also take bus 410 white plate) It was 7 stops, you could see the temple on your left hand side.
We loved the gardens, large with water and lovely flowers, very peaceful. There is a library and many lovely buildings within this huge complex. We have really enjoyed out visit to this
Written May 17, 2013
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MMR1316
Ipswich, Australia544 contributions
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Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple, is also known as the Bright Hill Temple (much easier to pronounce!). We really enjoyed the trip and were grateful to have gone with a guide who was able to tell us where we could and couldn't enter and take photos and provide some interesting history. The huge Buddha in the main hall is truly spectacular and the architecture on the buildings, walkways and even in the gardens is beautiful. Some sections were under construction/renovation during our visit but this was not a problem at all.
Written September 7, 2012
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Lindahollins
Poole, UK205 contributions
It is a series of buildings with incredible roofs and the insides are even more stunning. We made our own way there on a Friday and never saw another tourist. Easy to get there by bus. We took the 162 bus from Esplanade to Bright hill lane - suggest you take a photo of the timetable so that you can follow the stops as all the bus stops are named.
Written April 13, 2018
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Miki J
Bracknell, UK144 contributions
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this is a beautiful, peaceful place. There was a lot of spring cleaning going on as Chinese New Year is around the corner, but this was not a problem and made the visit more interesting. The temple is huge and was much bigger than at first glance. There are various different rooms each with a statue of Budda, all are very impressive and worth seeing.
Written February 8, 2015
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Neil W
Singapore, Singapore212 contributions
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I couldn't believe the size of this temple. It is worth a visit just to see the large Buddha in the hall. The grounds are well kept and the history and story behind the temple very interesting.
Written January 15, 2015
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Freelulu
Singapore, Singapore44 contributions
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This is not on the usual tourist map for Singapore but worth the visit. It is an amazing Temple complex. There is so much to see here. Many buildings with places to worship or meditate. You can wander around the gardens. We visited on a Saturday and it was not very busy. There were some monks wandering around and some worshiping in the main hall. Beautiful place and well worth a visit. There is also a small coffee shop for refreshments.
Written June 17, 2014
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