Sunday, June 7, 2009

places of worship

Places of worship are everywhere in Singapore. Hindu temples, like this one in Depot Road, are rich in decorative art. Deities are carved on its structures including ornate archways. Most Indians in Singapore are Hindus although there are those who embrace different faiths.

What's interesting is that side by side to this temple is a Chinese temple. The Chinese religion is a mix of Taoism and Buddhism and even Confucianism. Deities range from the sky god and sea goddess to the humble kitchen god. You can't see it here but at the back of the lane sandwiched between the two temples is Bethesa church. What a vibrant harmony of religions!

Here you see the mythical dragon adorning the shingled rooftop of the temple. Practices handed down from our forefathers include the burning of joss sticks, joss paper and hell bank notes as offerings.

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  1. Great post. I wished I went inside this temple when I was there.

  2. Your photos and descriptions of these different religions are wonderful. It just proves that we all can live in peace and harmony.. together, in this beautiful world.
    Thanks for visiting, have a delightful day...

  3. Irene those are interesting photos and I like that they are kept full size when clicked on so that much more detail can be seen. I've heard from friends who were recently in Singapore that it is a fascinating city! I hope to visit one day.

  4. How interesting that they are so close together. The buildings are so rich with decoration and detail. Nice shots. :-)

  5. Would love to visit this palce one day. Love to see temples and how ornate they are.

  6. Nice temple shots, I love the dragon.


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