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Reviewed 8 December 2020

天福宫 is nestled in the Chinatown area which boost many cultural & historic buildings. It is along Telok Ayer Street, near to Boon Tat road. The Taoist temple is dedicated to the Sea goddess Mazu and traced its history back to the early 1800's.. I learned that the Temple originally faced the sealine (there has been much land reclaimed over the century).!
Like most established Temples the entrance hall has one main door and two side doors; the entrance leads directly into main courtyard. From here one can see the temple proper where the shrine of Mazu is located centrally. On either side of the temple are pagodas with octagonal base, very symbolic of Chinese good fengshui. Guarding the doors are stone lions and Door Gods.
The temple grounds may not be big but its altars and buildings and pillars are uniquely ornated/ carved. Bright red lanterns hung from the tall ceiling, making it a delightful and Instagramable sight. The temple is richly decorated with coloured tiles, gold lacquered wood with figures of dragons-phoenix too. Somewhat resembled the Taiwanese Temple I visited in January at Taipei, just before the COVID-19 halted ALL travels!
This temple is small so one probably spend 30 mins or so. Definitely well maintained, and there are explanation in both Chinese/English to cater to visitors. Nearby are eateries, cafes and other religious places so it make for a good trip-visit for all.

Date of experience: October 2020
3  Thank JimmySumKahWai
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Reviewed 15 July 2020

The temple is the oldest and most important temple of the Chinese Hokkien people, and worships a Chinese Sea Goddess. The temple follows a traditional Chinese design, with a rich colour scheme of black, gold and red. I particularly loved the addition of the striking decorative dragons. 

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank Chelsea B
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Reviewed 22 March 2020

Chinatown Singapore is the best. So much cultural history and interesting historical buildings. This Chinese temple is dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu and majority of funds came from the Hokkiennese community to erect this temple. The history of this temple goes back to the early 1800's. It is pretty phenomenal that this area of worship is dedicated to many other deities but the main focus is the sea goddess Mazu whom the Chinese community wanted to give thanks for a safe journey from their native China. It is also interesting to note that the temple originally faced the sea. Just goes to show you how much shoreline has been reclaimed over the century. The temple grounds are pretty amazing and the altars, buildings and pillars are uniquely ornate and carved and embellished. Dragons and phoenixes wrap around the supporting pillars. Eye popping tiles and altar decorations. A really fascinating cultural immersion into temple etiquette. Its not the first time that I have visited a temple dedicated to the sea goddess. There are many temples of this nature in Southeast Asia as the main Chinese population emigrated via sea route. A very memorable side excursion.

Date of experience: November 2019
2  Thank Della G
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Reviewed 14 March 2020

While it is a short distance from the tourist center of Chinatown, this Buddhist temple is the best, most authentic, and old attraction in Singapore's Chinatown. The detain is exquisite and it is easy to be convinced you are in China when visiting instead of SE Asia. Both the stone and wood work are amazing and just what you think of the oldest temple on a Chinese mountain top. The tower and side chapels are also just as impressive. The main sanctuary is also a sight and it can not be pictured. It is a short walk from Pagoda Street and more central sights of Chinatown, but you will get to walk through the quaint and beautiful Chia Ann Siang Park. Be sure to visit, it is the most authentic attraction in Chinatown.

Date of experience: February 2020
4  Thank Grover R
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Reviewed 28 February 2020

It was a very old temple in China town near Amoy street. I was there to pray at the end of Chinese new year and the second day of Chinese new year. The place was always crowded with local people and tourists. At the opposite site of the road, there was a building, on top of that building, they design it like the image of eyes looking down from the sky. Although it was crowded, everything was so calm inside. On the right side, there was a wishing well. I saw some European throw coins there but it was not the way they should do to make a wish. Long time ago, people used to drink water from the well believing that water was blessed. Right now, they didn't drink water from the well anymore. They just ring the bells, each bell was a symbol of a wish, then put the hands together and wish. The letters on the bells were Chinese so I couldn't read. I dragged my phone out to use Google translate in order to know that they mean. The security guy saw me and thought that I was taking pictures so he came to me and reminded me not to take pictures. I explained what I was doing so he stopped and translated for me although they were about to close. He was so helpful and kind

Date of experience: January 2020
2  Thank Ginnyleeinwonderland
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