Lady Devotee, Siong Lim Temple or Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery


I’ve passed this temple countless times during my drives East along the Pan Island Expressway (PIE). Last Saturday, decided to take an up close and personal look.

This picture of a lady devotee was taken on the left side of the very large main temple hall. I’m not sure what she was doing, being unfamiliar with Buddhist rites and customs.  The hall seems to hold many idols in different areas of the large space.

This temple goes by two names (at least in English): Siong Lim Temple or Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery. Built in 1902, it is the oldest Buddhist monastery in Singapore. Here is the official English website.

It is housed in a relatively large space of 40,000 square metres (well, at least for land-scarce Singapore).

The temple was gazetted a national monument on 17 October 1980.

According to an article on Wikipedia, “The temple was originally modeled after the Xichang temple in Fujian province, but has a uniquely Singaporean style. Singapore was an immigrant society, and although built by Fujian workmen, these original workmen came from different counties in Fujian. As a result, the temple has elements of Fuzhou, Quanzhou, and Zhangzhou styles.”

 

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