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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
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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.
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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“Worth a Visit”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Quite impressive temple with a lot to see - not just the Buddha tooth relic, but also the other rooms with the Buddhist guardians/protectors of the different Chinese star signs, the great temple.

They have a spare-clothes box if you turn up without your legs/shoulders covered, which is very considerate (unlike some religions that just turn you away with a look of disgust!).

Visited August 2013
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“Interesting Place”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

For a non-Buddhist like me, I still enjoy walking around the temple as they have different displays from the rooftop garden, to the museum and to see all the relics. Its also very pretty in picture from the outside.

Visited August 2013
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Mebane, North Carolina
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“A Top-Two Attraction in Singapore”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

There are definitely two places to visit in Singapore, and The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum (BTRTM) is one of them. As far as my husband and I am concerned, this is the top cultural site to see in Singapore. It is hard to believe this beautiful temple is a mere 11 years old. According to the temple’s Deputy Executive Director, Ee Tiang Hwee, it took years of planning and fundraising to build this impressive structure. The temple is based on the Tang dynasty architectural style and built to house the tooth relic of the historical Buddha, which is claimed that was found in 1980 in a collapsed stupa (a mound-like or semi-hemispherical structure containing Buddhist relics) in Myanmar.
The grand temple is richly ornate and colorful, but not over the top. The exterior screams for photos to be taken. As a matter of fact, the original designs were a lot more elaborate. Without a doubt, the most significant feature of the temple is the two-meter tall solid, pure gold stupa that weighs 420 kg / 925 pounds. It is located on the fourth floor, in the Sacred Light Hall. One can access the room via stairs or an elevator. Only the temple’s monks have access to the inner chamber, however visitors are able to observe it from the viewing gallery at three different times during the day.
This is more than just a temple as BTRTM houses a library and a museum. Unfortunately, when we visited it, the library was undergoing renovations as they are trying to improve the ambience of the library for its patrons. The museum is fantastically enlightening. It gives one a good understanding of Buddhism, especially for visitors from North America and Europe, who are not surrounded by Buddhist temples. Inside the museum are some invaluable Buddhist artifacts that BTRTM has been collecting. It is quite impressive to see them close up. None of the other temples we visited in Malaysia and Thailand had as an impressive collection of Buddhist relics.
On the roof is a surprise for many, but probably not for residents of Singapore. A very peaceful, tranquil gardens covers the top of BTRTM. It was a great place to escape the concrete jungle for a few minutes. At one end of the roof top gardens is a prayer wheel. The prayer wheels are used by the followers of Buddhism to accumulate wisdom and merit (good karma) and to purify negativities (bad karma).
Like any other religious site in Southeast Asia, dressing appropriately is mandatory. Ladies will be asked to cover up if they are wearing short shorts (knee-length is okay) or a sleeveless top. Wraps are provided free of charge if you are deemed to not be wearing the correct clothing.
If you want to understand something about Buddhism and to see a beautiful religious site, put The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum at the top of your list of things to do. This Chinatown temple is a place even kids will enjoy. It will be an unforgettable experience for you. Afterwards, go across the street to get some excellent street food at the world famous Maxwell Road Hawker Centre (Gordon Ramsey was just here).

Visited August 2013
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“Temple worth seeing”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

You will see a lot of temples, but this one is one that stands out. It's in the heart of Chinatown, very easy to find. You will need to cover your shoulders and knees to enter!

Visited August 2013
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Noida, India
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“Its nice”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Its a buddha temple. Same as what you see in Dharamshala. If you have already seen buddha temples, you can skip this. China market next to this also makes you feel you are part of tibetan market in mc leodganj

Visited June 2013
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