Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple

Thai-founded Buddhist temple

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What we say: 3.5 stars

If this temple reminds you of Bangkok you're not imagining things — it was founded by a Thai monk.

The monk, Vutthisara, arrived in Singapore in 1927 and built a small shack housing a Buddha image on Racecourse Road. The shack quickly grew in popularity and after funds were garnered from local philanthropists Aw Boon How and Aw Boon Par, the present day temple was built. The highlight of the temple is the 15 metre tall, 300 ton Buddha statue, surrounded by hundreds of lights -- giving the temple its nickname, "The temple of 1,000 lights".

Once completed, Vutthisara added items from his personal trinket collection, including a supposed piece of bark taken from the Boddhi tree that Buddha gained enlightenment under.

The temple walls are adorned with colourful murals depicting Buddha's life and a huge mother-of-pearl replica of a Buddha footprint from Sri Lanka -- also from Vuttjisara.

The temple is the centre of activities on Vesak Day, the anniversary of Buddha's enlightenment.

Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple is on Racecourse Road, diagonally across the road from Leong San Temple. The closest SMRT is Farrer Park, a five minute walk away.

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366 Race Course Rd
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00-16:45
Last updated: 4th April, 2015

About the author:
Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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