Singapore: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Located in South Bridge Road in the Chinatown District of Singapore, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is one of the biggest Buddhist temple in the country. It is also one of the tourist destinations in the country.

The temple is relatively new. Its ground breaking started on the 13th of March 2005 and was finished two years later. the temple was built based on the Tang Dynasty architectural style.
The entrance to the temple

As its name states, the temple houses a relic -Buddha's tooth. The relic was said to be found in 1980, in a collapsed stupa in Myanmar. Today, this relic can be viewed at the 4th floor of the temple.
Is that a lion or a dragon door knocker?
One of the guardians of the temple says, "You shall not pass!"
The other guardian says, "Hi there!"

At present, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is one of the popular tourist attractions in the Chinatown District. Its grandiose facade makes it standout from the other infrastructures around it. The temple's interior is also something to admire. Its red and gold color theme makes visitors feel the atmosphere of royalty and luxury.
Inside the temple
The temple altar

Entrance to the temple is free but the staff are very strict with the dress code particularly to women. You will be banned from entering if your clothing that reveals too much skin. Same goes for bringing in food. You are allowed to take photos and videos inside the temple but make sure to respect the privacy of others.
Even the glass candle holders looks nice

Once in the temple, you might want to go to the basement to try out their simple vegetarian meal (it is free but you can give donations if you feel like giving). Lastly, what's the sense of visiting the temple if you won't view its relic on the fourth floor?
The temple has beautifully designed interior walls and pillars

I got to visit this beautiful temple during my Singapore - Malaysia 2017 Tour with my family. Upon seeing the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum for the first time, I was reminded of the beautiful temples during our Japan tour a few years back. Sadly, I was not able to see the tooth relic though but hopefully next time I would. You can visit this temple as a side trip after you finish shopping in Chinatown. Don't worry there is no issue if you are not Buddhist.

Getting there:


Ride the Downtown Line or North East Line and board down at Chinatown MRT station. From there, walk a few blocks heading to South Bridge Road. You won't miss this temple as it is just beside the road.

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