Visit the largest Buddhist monastery in Singapore for its amazing architectural designs and intricate statues of Buddha and Bodhisattva or simply be spiritually enriched at the Bright Hill Temple, or better known as Kong Meng San Phor Kark locally, located at 88 Bright Hill Drive.
Built in 1920 by the late Venerable Zhuan Dao, KMSPK or Bright Hill Temple was a his response to the need for monks to have proper accommodation, to assist them in practicing Dharma without disturbance.
This extensive monastery and temple comprises 11 sections, adorned with intricate architectural designs, elaborate Chinese decorations, breath-taking statues of Buddha and Bodhisattva, turtle pool and gardens and shrines.
The Bright Hill Temple has continually promoted the Buddha's teachings, bringing the Dharma closer to the public for close to 90 years. Information on Buddhist teachings are readily available through public talk sessions and events.
Although Bright Hill Temple is not a typical tourist attraction, it welcomes both devotees and non-devotees who want to get a taste of an enriching spiritual experience.
As this is a religious site, visitors are also advised to be dressed modestly (i.e. no shorts or tank tops). Visitors should check out the Bodhi Tree, a direct descendant of the sacred Bodhi Tree at Bodhigaya, India, under which Siddhartha attained Buddhahood. Also check out the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas, with one of the largest bronze images of Medicine Buddha in Southeast Asia. The building is unmistakable with golden stupas on its roof, symbolising the Buddha's piercing Wisdom. Walk inside and look up in the centre of the building. The main stupa is line with thousands of small Buddha images, symbolic of the truth that there are countless Buddhas everywhere regardless of space and time.
Visit the Bright Hill Temple for spiritual enrichment or simply admire the architectural effort and skill that went into this building, as well as the amazing skill the craftsmen had to carve all the images of the Buddhas.