Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Attraction 288, South Bridge Road. Singapore 058840 Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
07:00 AM - 07:00 PM
06:00 PM
07:00 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Must see
Kids
Free
Architecture
Temple & Monument
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The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is a four-storey Buddhist temple and museum complex that rises up at the heart of the Chinatown district in Singapore.

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Why Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is special ?

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum is a Tang-Styled Chinese Buddhist Temple in the heart of Chinatown. The temple features many facets of Buddhist arts and culture of Singapore. It also houses what the Buddhists regard as the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic in a stupa weighing 3.5 tonnes and composed of 320 kg of gold donated by devotees.

What to explore at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum?

The basement of the BTRTM, above its vaults, holds a theatre and multi-purpose hall, and a vegetarian dining hall. An entry gate and courtyard, flanked by two towers, is the temple’s entrance on the ground level, as are two halls of Buddha images.

On the mezzanine level are two halls, one of which is a chamber for ancestral tablets, and a wax museum exhibiting images of prominent foreign and local monks. The second level contains an exhibition hall for religious art and a depository for Buddhist texts, as well as a teahouse, reference library and shop. On the third storey is a Buddhist culture museum featuring artifacts and relating the events of the Buddha’s life, and a chamber containing “sariras”, relics of the Buddha, his disciplines and eminent monks.

The fourth storey holds the centerpiece of the BTRTM, the Sacred Light Hall which contains the Buddha tooth relic. The relic is housed within a 3.6-metre high stupa made from 420 kilograms of gold, around 234 kilograms of which were donated by devotees. The stupa is surrounded by gold tiles and covered by a gold canopy. Daily services are conducted here by monks, who are only ones allowed into the relic chamber. Visitors can view the relic chamber twice a day from the public viewing area.

On the roof of the temple are pagodas of varying sizes, pavilions and a garden containing the Dendrobium Buddha Tooth, an orchid named for the BTRTM. In the centre of the roof is a pagoda housing a Buddhist prayer wheel.

Source: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_1668_2010-05-25.html

Selling points

  • Little oasis in bustling Chinatown
  • Typical Chinese Temple with exhibition venue
  • Get ready to be amazed
  • Beautiful and peaceful in midst of busy area
  • Impressive place for both believers and tourists
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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
115.19 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
10 places

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288, South Bridge Road. Singapore 058840

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Tips for you

  • You will find a lot of shops/ stalls around this area which sell clothing to trinkets to mementos.
    Shopping
  • Chanting of the “Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra” timing: 9 a.m. and 4 p.m
    Things to do
  • Viewing of Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic timing: 9 a.am. and 6 p.m.
    Things to do
  • Evening Closing Ceremony – Drum, Bell and Board Ritual timing: 6:15 p.m.
    Things to do
  • Offerings, donations and sponsorships are received via the BTRTM’s website.
    Things to do
  • The BTRTM’s front office offers services including adoption of Buddhist ornaments, books, ancestral tablets and artifacts
    Service
  • Opposite is the famous Maxwell foodcourt
    Food
  • Photography is permitted in most parts of the temple
    Photography
  • Visitors are welcome but are expected to show respect, by dressing modestly.
    What to wear
  • Ladies and Men should take off their Shoes and Socks, and have their shoulders covered and take a shawl if you are wearing shorts.
    What to wear
  • You must remove your shoes in certain areas
    Other
  • The temple is located right next to Chinatown market so plenty of things to do afterwards
    Things nearby

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Located in the heart of China Town, this Chinese Buddhist Temple is must see while in Singapore. The dress code is quite strict, but don't worry, there are saris to borrow at the door!

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Located in Singapore's Chinatown, this sacred \complex is home to the tooth relic of Buddha and ancient religious artifacts. Open Monday to Sunday, 7am – 7pm. Free, but donations are accepted.

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Get real with Buddha Tooth showcase and the beauty of Buddha.

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Admission to the temple and museum is free as long as you wear appropriate attire to show respect; no bare backs, off-shoulders, shorts, mini-skirts, etc. Strictly no non-vegetarian food and pets insi

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the dress is strict n good vegetarian food...

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For those who have travelled far and wide in South East Asia, Singapore may appear to be a tad bland and sterile. There are not many places in the small island nation which cater to cultural / heritage aficionados. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is indeed a gem of an exception.Head to Chinatown where it is well located. On the same street as the Sri Mariamman Temple. It certainly deserves to be one of the main attractions in Singapore.It is worth spending more than a couple of hours here. Start from the roof top where the huge prayer wheel is situated amidst a well-landscaped orchid garden. Use the staircase and work your way down, floor by floor. Down to the next level where the sacred Buddha Tooth is encased and then further down to the well-presented museum which 'tells' you the story of the life of The Enlightened One. The whole building exudes a sense of tranquility and awakening, whether you are a practising Buddhist or not the case may be.Of course, to many, the temple on the ground floor is the main highlight. But don't miss the dining hall on the basement which is run by volunteers serving simple vegetarian meals. The place is spotless and very popular with the local devotees and visitors alike. Soft drinks available at S$1.00. For the meals, if you were to ask them, you'll be told that it's S$3.00. Otherwise, just put whatever you wish into the donation box in front of the serving counter.If vegetarian is not your preference, across the road from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (as you step out from the main temple, it is on your right, across the main road), is the Maxwell Food Centre. There are tons of 'stalls' in there and food to be found there is known to be one of the most authentic in the whole of Singapore.

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this place is magical, its very beautiful on the inside, with a lot of buddhas exposed. I was luchy to be there when chants started and it is a very spiritual feeling.A must see with time to get to know everythign in Singapore Chinatown

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This temple looked quite unassuming from the outside, however once inside I was dazzled by the beauty of the decorations.Whilst walking around I also felt a sense of peace and calmness come over me. Local people were meditating and praying, however I never once felt as if I was intruding.I visited the gift shop and the gentleman serving there was extremely accommodating and friendly even though I only purchased a small, inexpensive keepsake.

TripAdvisor View more

For those who have travelled far and wide in South East Asia, Singapore may appear to be a tad bland and sterile. There are not many places in the small island nation which cater to cultural / heritage aficionados. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is indeed a gem of an exception. Head to Chinatown where it is well located. On the same street as the Sri Mariamman Temple. It certainly deserves to be one of the main attractions in Singapore. It is worth spending more than a couple of hours here. Start from the roof top where the huge prayer wheel is situated amidst a well-landscaped orchid garden. Use the staircase and work your way down, floor by floor. Down to the next level where the sacred Buddha Tooth is encased and then further down to the well-presented museum which 'tells' you the story of the life of The Enlightened One. The whole building exudes a sense of tranquility and awakening, whether you are a practising Buddhist or not the case may be. Of course, to many, the temple on the ground floor is the main highlight. But don't miss the dining hall on the basement which is run by volunteers serving simple vegetarian meals. The place is spotless and very popular with the local devotees and visitors alike. Soft drinks available at S$1.00. For the meals, if you were to ask them, you'll be told that it's S$3.00. Otherwise, just put whatever you wish into the donation box in front of the serving counter. If vegetarian is not your preference, across the road from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (as you step out from the main temple, it is on your right, across the main road), is the Maxwell Food Centre. There are tons of 'stalls' in there and food to be found there is known to be one of the most authentic in the whole of Singapore

FourSquare View more

Located in the heart of China Town, this Chinese Buddhist Temple is must see while in Singapore. The dress code is quite strict, but don't worry, there are saris to borrow at the door!

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