Located in the heart of Chinatown, Singapore, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is a beautiful complex which has become one of the sacred attractions in the country. It houses the sacred Buddha tooth relic that is kept in a stupa made up of 320 kg of gold contributed by devout followers.
The honour of starting this amazingly wonderful Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum goes to Venerable Shi Fazhao in 2002. This temple is dedicated to the “Maitreya Buddha” which means “the compassionate one”, who is believed by the whole Buddhist community to be “The Future Buddha”. The main mission behind this sacred temple is to promote and impart the teachings of Lord Buddha.
The building adorns a very rich architectural style influenced by design styles of the Tang Dynasty. The entrance of the temple has three massive red colour doors with gilt bronze studs, engraved plates and lion door knockers. One of the key features in the temple is its bell tower which is found on the right to the mountain gate. The sound of the bell is considered as one of the important sounds in a temple since it is said to give you a clear mind, improve wisdom and help you receive blessings.
When entering the temple the first thing you would encounter is the breathtaking Hundred Dragons Hall. This is the place where the devotees offer their flowers, perfumed candles and incense whilst whispering their prayers. If you visit this place you would be spellbound by the serenity and peaceful atmosphere.
On the second floor you would discover the Aranya Gallery, consisting of an Aranya Reference Library, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and the Aranya Buddhist cultural shop. There is also a marvellous statue of Bodhisattva Manjushri as well as statues of the 16 Prajna Guardians. The third story of the temple displays an impressive collection of Buddhist artefacts. The fourth floor is where the tooth relic resides in a chamber lined with gold tiles. The curtains to this sacred chamber will be raised twice a day for the public. The museum of the temple is as important as the sacred site itself as it collects, preserves and researches on Asian Buddhist artefacts, cultivating awareness and appreciation of Buddhist arts and culture.
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