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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
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Ranked #32 of 865 things to do in Singapore
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 25, 2013

The history and beauty of the Temple is quite interesting so this is a spot that should not be missed. Better to come earlier in the day (I was told) because the crowd was a little overwhelming when I visited.

Thank Macbe
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

All in all, the temple is very beautiful as seen by its use of gold in every piece of its architecture. It is grandeur and splendid. However, it is not a place where one can retreat spiritually due to its overly touristic emphasis. There are other monastery which is much more peaceful and enriching for the mind such as Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery and Fo Guan Shan Monastery. Furthermore, this monastery does not housed the more popular Buddha, rather exotic ones which are not commonly worshiped by most people such as Mi Le Buddha instead of Amituofo or Medicine Buddha. Some of the deities' statues are not part of Buddhism, rather a mix of Taoism with Buddhism, which makes it not a purely Buddhist Temple. Moreover, the Chinese Zodiac were never part of Buddhism, but they mixed it and misrepresented it with the Bodhisattva, which is misleading for any beginner Buddhist follower. I do believe this temple is built with the aim of promoting Buddhism to tourist given its touristic location in the heart of Chinatown, but the "content" inside is not a true reflection of Buddhism, rather more of Taoism. I am hugely disappointed with the gross misrepresentation.

For your information, there is a food court in the basement, but you would have to pay for what you order. (There are many other monasteries which give free food.) Look out for the opening hours if you wish to plan your lunch there. I think they do not cater for dinner, only lunch.

Thank LoveTravelling1116
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

The temple is a must-see when visiting China Town. The interior is filled with carvings of ancient deities and the most significant display is the Buddha Tooth Relic housed in a golden pagoda on the forth floor.

Thank PeterTay
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

I found this very colourful and interesting. It gave me an idea about what the temple was like. I didnt go in as we were on a tight time schedule but would return to it if we go again.

Thank Carol W
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

I've not been to a Hindu temple before but it was amazing! The outside looks lovely in traditional Chinese style and is huge, but it's the inside that's a real eye-opener. When I went the monks and other worshippers were sat around the middle and reading continuously from a big book (I presume, from their version of a bible). It was quite a hypnotic sound. We were able to walk round the outside and see lots of statues of the Buddha in different positions, and mini Buddha's surrounding the bigger ones. At the front was a brilliant gold canvas backdrop and a massive statue. I can't write a better description to do it justice, but JUST GO THERE.
Cost free. Museum available upstairs but didn't go. Wrap arounds available to borrow for free to cover legs and arms.

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