Saturday, August 29, 2009
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Singapore is a mix of the traditional and the modern and it's usually the former that lends a touch of the scenic to the urban landscape. Here you see shophouses in Chinatown and hey what's that Chinese roofed structure further along? Let's have a closer look.
It's called the Buddha Tooth Relic temple. Founded in 2002, it houses different relics of the Buddha. Besides tooth relics, there are relics of bone, blood, etc. These are of different sizes and are like coloured crystals (see temple's website.) left behind after cremation. There is a Buddhist museum in the temple and guided tours can be arranged.
Further along, in nearby Tanjong Pagar, you see public residential blocks under construction. It is called The Pinnacle @ Duxton comprising seven 48-storey tower blocks laid out in the shape of a hook and linked by skybridges on three floors. Well, this is modern public housing in the city. No wonder the units were fully booked. It is being built on a site that is one of the oldest sites of former ten-storey public flats. I'm thinking the would-be residents must be breathless with anticipation as it's going to be completed pretty soon.
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