Buddha Tooth Relic Temple | A Sacred History

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Buddha Tooth Relic Temple ChinatownInteresting facts about Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Singapore

  • On August 4, 2002, Ven. Cakkapala handed the relic over to Ven. Shi Fazhao.
  • On March 13, 2005, the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Singapore was officiated by the Minister of State, Mr. Chan Soo Seng.

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple was created in Singapore to serve Buddhist devotees from around the world; international visitors who respect what this religious center is all about can travel to the temple to see how the temple enshrines the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic.  Many other relics are venerated at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple as well.  If you’re visiting Singapore, and you are interested in learning about other cultures, you won’t want to miss out on this beautiful place.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple was designed by the Venerable Shi FA Zhao, with the help of a local and overseas consultant team.  For it to be the majestic temple that it is today, multiple draft designs had to be developed.  The designs were inspired by the Tang Dynasty and the Buddhist Mandala.  This all required tedious research for it to be authentic.  The Buddhist Mandala is none other than a representation of the Buddhist Universe.  They are well-known as Buddhist icons and the word Mandala is Sanskrit for what could be defined as a “sacred circle” to the cosmos and to the physiological Buddhist practices.  Many types of Mandela are used depending on the Buddha that is focused on in the center.

Buddhist Culture Museum

Imagine about 300 pieces of Buddhist artifacts surrounding you at the Buddhist Culture Museum.  The majority are from Asia, specifically from China, Gandhara of Pakistan, Korea, Myanmar, and Thailand.  Sections were donated by collectors.  Many donors have “adopted” parts of the collection to support the development of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple since 2004.  Beyond the spiritual, historical, and aesthetic, these artifacts tie into the very values that let this place thrive.  If you plan on visiting, consider adopting an artifact!

Things to do at the temple

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple receives more than 50,000 visitors a month!  More than half of the visitors are from abroad and so the temple has manifested its commitment to mutual understanding by offering a medium in which visitors can learn about Buddhist Temples in a way that doesn’t cross the line.  The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is part of the Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles in their community as a non-profit organization.

Admission is always free but school group and other visitors can register for a guided tour.  The revenue helps to continue the work that is done in bridging peoples of all backgrounds.  The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a great place to share in the heritage that Singapore offers, including the Chinese Culture of its residents and the philosophy that guides Buddhists through the world.  All of the guides are specially trained and visitors can even attend blessing and prayer sessions, while catering is offered by the Lotus Heart Tea House.

What about the Aranya Gallery and the Nagapusa Theatre?

There is a reference library, gift shop and tea house at the Aranya Gallery.  The gallery was named after July 1, 2008, when the Tang Shop became part of the Exhibition Hall near the Lotus Tea House.  Activities at the Nagapusa Theatre have been placed into five categories: the Festival & Arts, the Community of Music, Dharma Talk, and  Healthy Life Style.  With a seating capacity of 294, Nagapuspa Theatre has a modern set-up that can accommodate film shows, seminars, workshops, talks and conferences, along with regular cultural performances.

Tips for Travelers

  • Always check the website for current updates.
  • For respect, wear appropriate clothing during your visit.  This would mean no short skirts or sleeveless shirts.  There might be wraparounds provided on site, but it would probably be best no to risk having your visit rejected.

Address & Location

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum is located in the heart of Chinatown. It is opposite to the Maxwell hawker center.

Address: 288 S Bridge Road, Singapore 058840
Phone: +65 6220 0220