Nestled amidst the glitz and glamour of modern Singapore is an ancient reminder of the island-nation’s origins. The Thian Hock Keng Temple may seem like the odd one out amongst the contemporary bars and cafes, but it offers a beautiful, ornate window to the past. Dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, Ma Zu, the shrine is the oldest Chinese temple in the city state. In the past, immigrants from China will give thanks to Ma Zu for their safe sea passages to Singapore.
The architecture of the restored Hokkien temple is breath-taking with rich colours and detailed carvings of traditional Chinese motifs and the entire construction was completed without a single nail. Of note is the colourful broken porcelain on the roof ridges – a Fujian decoration technique.
Address: 158 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068613
District: Downtown Core, Central
- Alight at Telok Ayer MRT Station (DT18) and take exit A
- Walk along Telok Ayer Street and arrive at Thian Hock Keng Temple.
Estimated walking distance: 50m
Operating Hours: 7.30am to 5.30pm
Recommended Duration: 1 hour
Tel: +65 6423 4616
Fax: +65 6423 4626