Singapore Chinatown - Cultural and Historical Temples Tour (4 hours)
Date Listed 12/12/2018
This tour takes you to some of the historically most important and visually stunning sights in the historic district of Chinatown. We will be walking past interesting sights in Chinatown with two major stops - Thian Hock Keng Temple and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple to learn more about Chinese religions.
1. We begin our tour on Telok Ayer Street, the original seafront where Singapore's early immigrants would disembark after a long, arduous journey at sea.
2. Our 1st major stop is the Thian Hock Keng. Built in 1842, this is the oldest Hokkien temple and one of the finest traditional southern Chinese architectures in Singapore. Thian Hock Keng is a Hokkien (a Chinese dialect) term and translated literally into “Temple of Heavenly Fortune”. Although mainly a Taoist temple, the Temple also contains aspects of Buddhism, Confucianism and Ancestral Worship.
3. We continue our tour with a short walk up Ann Siang Hill, the highest geographical point in Chinatown, to see and learn about the history and heritage of the Singapore Chinese, including some beautifully conserved shophouses. We then have a 15-minute break in a traditional coffee shop to savour a cup of traditional hand-brewed Singapore coffee.
4. Our second major stop is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum (BTRTM). In terms of splendour, this temple is second to none in Singapore. So be prepared to feast your eyes on Tang-dynasty style architecture, opulent interiors, and exquisite Buddhist icons. Inside the building are 4 storeys of Buddhist sculptures, statues and artefacts. Located within the main hall on the first level is the imposing and majestic statue of the Maitreya Bodhisattva. The mezzanine to the third floor features prominent Sanghas, construction process of the BTRTM and the Life of the Buddha respectively. On the rooftop is a garden where visitors can relax amidst the buzz of Chinatown. Located on the third floor of the BTRTM is the Buddhist Culture Museum where we will learn more about the historical Buddha, His life story and His major teachings. We will also cover the spread of Buddhism from India to the world and other Buddhist cultures.
5. Our tour ends in Kreta Ayer Square, where you can enjoy lunch at Chinatown Complex Food Centre (with more than 200 stalls to choose from), pick up some travel tips at the friendly Visitor Centre, or continue exploring Chinatown on your own.
This is a 4-hour walking tour so please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
Group size is limited to 12 to ensure personalised experience and maximum interaction with tourist guide.
Tour is inclusive one beverage (traditional hand-brewed coffee or a beverage of your choice) at the 15 minute stop only.
Asking questions is optional but strongly encouraged and having fun is compulsory.
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transportation to/from attractions