Gentleman Praying, Palmer Road


 

Sunday afternoon, this gentleman was praying intently with joss sticks at each altar in this old temple along Palmer Road, Singapore.

Fook Tet Soo Khek Temple, or better known as Wang Hai Da Bo Gong Miao, means “sea-facing Tua Pek Kong Temple.”

It is one of the oldest temples in Singapore, if not the oldest. Although official records puts the date of construction as 1844, anecdotal accounts place it before the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819.

The temple is right smack in the middle of the Central Business District. The temple occupies a small footprint amidst the skyscrapers that make up Singapore’s famous skyline.

Since independence in 1965, Singapore has destroyed many old and beautiful structures. Even this historical temple was under threat of being demolished.

Thankfully, it has remained.

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