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.