Thian Hock Keng

Thian Hock Keng Temple, Singapore 2010

The oldest Hokkien temple in the city is in Chinatown. The Chinese immigrants here worship the goddess of the sea, Mazu. He is also known as the Temple of Heavenly Joy and Bliss. Sailors from China built here first 1821 the first shrine in honor of the goddess to thank for the safe crossing. At that time, the temple lay directly on the water, with the extraction of land, he moved to the center of Chinatown.

The Thian Hock Keng Temple is a Taoist temple built in 1839 under the direction of Mr. Tan Tock Seng and Mr. Si Hoo Keh. It was not completed until 1841. Today, he also houses the Hokkien Municipal Office. Particularly in the temple is the internationality of its building material. So the altar comes from England, tiles from Holland and wrought iron from Scotland. In 1973 the temple, like the Sri Mariamman Temple, is declared a national monument. In April 1840 the statue of the goddess Mazu from China reached Singapore and was received with grand ceremonies. It belongs to one of the unique art treasures of the temple.


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