Wak Hai Cheng Bio Temple (Yueh Hai Ching Temple)

An unexpected temple

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Surrounded by skyscrapers, this Taoist temple dating back to 1850 is a perfectly preserved relic in the middle of the central business district.

Meaning "The Temple of the Calm Sea", the temple was founded by Teochew Chinese immigrants, who tended to work as sailors or fishermen, as a place to give offerings to the water spirits. The temple is known for its elaborate roof carvings, the only such temple in Singapore, and as a place to make offerings of joss paper or "ghost money" to appease angry spirits.

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30B Phillip St
Opening Hours: Daily 07:30-17:30
Last updated: 15th November, 2014

About the author:
Tanya Procyshyn is a Singapore-based freelance writer and photographer. With a passion for unusual destinations, she has camped alongside Komodo dragons and shook hands with soldiers in North Korea. She blogs at www.idreamofdurian.com.
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