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“Sri Marimman Temple - Great stop to make in Chinatown” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sri Mariamman Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple
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$35.89*
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Uncover the Gems of Chinatown Singapore
Ranked #73 of 796 things to do in Singapore
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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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“Sri Marimman Temple - Great stop to make in Chinatown”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

We visited the Sri Mariamman Temple in Chinatown for the first time in some number of years and very much enjoyed our return to this Hindu temple, which is the oldest in Singapore. Entry is free (SG$3 fee for camera use) and the temple is located on South Bridge Road, near the main street shopping areas of the Chinatown district.

We have always liked the ornamental entrance tower and colourful deities that you can see at Sri Mariamman. There is a now a well painted hall ceiling that we didn't remember from past visits. Collectively, these make it worth spending the SG$3 so that you can take pictures.

Our recent visit, interestingly took place during late afternoon prayer time. As such, we were able to listen to traditional drum and horn play for over 20 minutes while the worshippers made their rounds to the various rooms, smaller temples and deities their prayers. This created a atmospheric experience that made our visit to Sri Marimman even more enjoyable.

Like many places in Singapore, we continue to be impressed by the cleanliness and tidiness of Sri Marimman, something those who have visited temples in India will have no trouble recognising and appreciating. It just makes visits to such places a much nicer experience.

Overall, we remain very impressed with the Sri Marimman Temple and would suggest that visitors to Chinatown definitely plan a quick stop here at least. Stay longer if you enjoy Hindu temples. This is a place we will continue to return to see with visits to Chinatown in Singapore.

Hint: Along South Bridge Road you can also visit the Jamae Mosque and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum found just a block or two on both sides of The Sri Marimman Temple. Both are worth a visit, particularly the impressive Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.

Hint: For those who are particular fans of Indian and Hindu temples, a similar visit can be had at Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in the district of Little India. This temple has a similar ornamental tower and is even more elaborately decorated and colourful inside.

Visited April 2013
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“Beautiful temple”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

Well known Hindu temple in Chinatown.
Worth a visit if in the vicinity.
No charge although accept donations if taking photographs.
Huge temple with small temples and alters inside the area.
Lots going on with local worshipers coming and going.

Visited March 2013
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“Beautiful temple”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

This is Singapore's oldest Hindu temple founded in 1827 and located in chinatown. Again this is a must see temple in chinatown, we visited this, the Buddha Tooth Relic temple, Jamae Mosque and Thian Hock Keng temple. Parts are not accessable to non Hindu visitors but you can see everything. Very colourful and busy when we visited, took loads of lovely photographs. Free to get in and recommended.

Visited March 2013
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“Serene and shining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

This is a hindu temple in the middle of china town. Admission is free!, the place is very calm and full of color and energy! One of the best temples I have ever seen!

Visited March 2013
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“very calm and serene”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

One of teh heritage places in Singapore and located close to Chinatown MRT, its the oldest temple in Singapore. Restricts the entry of non Hindu tourists to the outside of main temple building.
The Goddess statue is beautiful as are the other statues in the complex. Just beside the temple is the Pagoda street with small shops selling souveniers. In this street u have a shop selling Tintin books and products. Really enjoyed the shop as I am a big Tintin fan.

Visited March 2013
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