Loves: The beautiful juxtaposition of this colourful Hindu temple to its surroundings in Chinatown, a testament of Singapore’s multi-ethnicity.
Our Advice: Depending on the lunisolar calender, head there in October or November to witness “Theemithi”, a breath-taking fire walking ceremony.
Just one glance at its colourful façade, brimming with a multitude of Hindu idols, and the Sri Mariamman Temple will fill your eyes with the rich tapestry. Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple took shape in 1862 by Indian craftsmen. The place of worship is dedicated to goddess Mariamman, who is believed to cure illness and disease.
There is never a dull moment in the temple. The site presents a focal point of culture and worship. The ‘gopuram’ or the towering entrance contain six tiers of intricately carved deities and mythological beasts.
Recently restored in 2010, the melange of colours and craftsmanship are as vibrant as ever.
Address: 244 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058793
District: Downtown Core, Central
- Alight at Chinatown MRT Station (NE4 / DT19) and take Exit A
- Walk until the end of Pagoda St and you will see Sri Mariamman Temple
Estimated walking distance: 80m
Operating Hours: 5.30am to 12.00pm & 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Recommended Duration: 0.5 hour
Tel: +65 6223 4064
Fax: +65 6225 5015