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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple

Colourful deities on the entrance of the Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple at Keong Saik Road, in the Chinatown district of Singapore. The Hindu temple was built in 1925 by Nattukottai Chettiars, a money lending community from Tamil Nadu, India. The temple recently underwent renovation works. Its riot of colours add to the vibrancy of the street. It's worthwhile taking a walk around the shophouses here as there're some genteel establishments that have sprung up, including bookshop, retail outlets, besides coffeeshops. There's even a boutique hotel, the Royal Peacock Hotel, which is a nice alternative to staying in a big city hotel. Keong Saik Road used to be the red light district of Chinatown in the 1960s.

You'll see many shophouses being rented out as offices. I used to work in an office housed in one of those Art Deco shophouses along Bukit Pasoh Road which is just a lane away. A scenic place to walk around..


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7 comments:

  1. This is a very colorful structure. You would not even realize it is a Temple.

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  2. Oh wow, how beautiful! I've never seen anything like that! So happy you posted it for the Color Carnival this week! :-)

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  3. That's an interesting temple of deities. I would love so much to see this one. Happy weekend Irene!

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  4. Wow! That's impressive! Thais are good people too! I got many classmates from that country. I could not remember their long names. But I used to have a crush with one in my university days. I thought he was a Pinoy. haha. Memories! Wink!

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  5. Definitely colorful! In the Western world, it would look like a store. Interesting temple.

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  6. What an intriguing structure ... certainly COLORFUL. Sorry to be visiting so late ... life got away from me this weekend.
    Hugs and blessings,

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Great to see you ~Irene