Thian Hock Keng Temple
Address:158 Telok Ayer Street , Singapore 068613
Getting there:A short walk from Raffles Place (EW14/NS26) or Tanjong Pagar (EW15) MRT Stations.
Contact:(+65) 6423 4616
Operating Hours:Daily from 8:30am - 6pm (except Sun).
Description: When the first Chinese immigrants arrived at Singapore after a turbulent voyage through the infamous South China Sea, the grateful new settlers erected the Thian Hock Keng Temple along the shore in gratitude to the Goddess of the Sea, Mazu. Over the years, the temple has been one of the most important temples for the Hokkien community. What's fascinating about this architectural work is that it consists of meticulously designed motifs and columns which were all assembled without the use of nails. Another noteworthy feature is a statute of an Indian lifting the top beam of the temple, thanking their Indian neighbours from the nearby Chulia Village for their help in building. The restoration project won four architectural awards and during the 1998 restoration works, the builders stumbled across a carefully stowed away scroll on one of the high beams. The scroll was allegedly written by the Qing emperor Guang Xu himself who pronounced his blessings on the Chinese community.