Monday, June 11, 2012

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Every Chinese New Year, I pass by a building with lots of beautiful red lanterns. I just assumed it was a normal building but I found out only yesterday that it was the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. This place is famous for housing the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic. 

Whether you are a devotee, a tourist or a local (regardless of religion), you are free to enter the place. There are no admission charges. Pictures are allowed on certain floors but definitely not allowed on the floor which houses the tooth  relic. Footwear is required at all places but not allowed when viewing the tooth relic.

There are also prayer sessions within the temple.

At the roof level, it is very serene with lots of orchids known as the Dendrobium Buddha Tooth orchid plants. There is also the Vairocana Buddha Prayer Wheel which was originally a book shelf for the sutras. It has a central shaft so that it can rotate, making it easier to search for sutras.

Dress code to be observed is no shorts/mini skirts or sleeveless. But even if you do wear those in, there are sarongs and shawls provided so just put them on to show respect.

This place is no doubt beautiful, peaceful with greenery at the rooftop and adorned with gold at the fourth floor. At the third floor, there is also a museum if you are interested in knowing more about Buddhism. But if you would like to visit a temple where many Singaporeans go to, it is the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple located in Bugis.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
288 South Bridge Road
Singapore 058840
Tel No: 6 220 0220 


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