Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is a relatively new temple in Singapore having only been founded in 2002. As such, the temple with its full fledged air-conditioned facilities was quite an enjoyment to pay a visit to even for the locals who were dying to get out of the sweltering heat.
The interior of the temple was very richly decorated with plenty of gold in the grand hall and especially so on the fourth storey where the sacred Buddha tooth was kept. Here, the floor was even tiled in gold!

The Grand Hall

For visitors who would like to have a summary of the life of Buddha and an introduction to the other Buddhas, it would be a wise choice to visit the Nagapuspa Buddhist Culture Museum located on the third storey. Here, the story of Buddha is recounted in Buddha's view such that it is in the first man's account. This seems rather strange to me as I feel that it is more appropriate to recount the story in the third man's view instead.

On the second storey, there's even a teahouse where visitors can enjoy a nice cup of tea with soft Buddhist music playing in the background and the option of browsing the Buddhist books on sale.

All in all, it was a rather nice experience, seeing the temple in a modern light and definitely lots of photography opportunities for the tourists!

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