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    There have been many Churches and Temples and maybe a Mosque or two shown on CVF, but no specific threads for them.
    I hereby start one, beginning with the oldest Chinese Temple in Singapore, Thien Hock Keng Temple in Telok Ayer Street:

    This temple was built by Techow emigrants, right at the beach where they landed from sailing junk that brought them here from Fujien Province in China. This is the main entrance, which was facing the beach. As can be seen there is no beach here anymore. Nearest salt water is miles away.

    Some interior pics from the temple yard:




    Some of the deities being worshiped here:






    Worshiper:

  • #2
    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    This is the main entrance, which was facing the beach. As can be seen there is no beach here anymore. Nearest salt water is miles away.
    Have you ever come across a comparative image from the time when this temple was built. I think it could have been interesting to see how what it looked like back then.
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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    • #3
      Originally posted by pakarang View Post
      Have you ever come across a comparative image from the time when this temple was built. I think it could have been interesting to see how what it looked like back then.
      Sorry, forgot to check back on this thread.

      Here is the oldest picture of Thien Hock Keng temple I have found, but date unknown:


      And the history in brief:
      Thian Hock Keng Temple (1839 - 42)
      This oldest and most important Hokkien Buddhist Temple in Singapore started off as a small shrine built in 1821, dedicated to Ma Zhu (Mother of the Heavenly Sages), a deity associated with sea-faring Chinese. Thian Hock Kheng means "Temple of Heavenly Happiness".

      Newly arrived immigrants who landed in Singapore after a long sea voyage came here to make offerings and light joss sticks to give thanks for a safe passage.

      The shrine was originally built on the waterfront, but in the 1880s, the area was reclaimed and the present temple was built on the same site between 1839-42. All the building materials were imported from China.

      The temple has undergone a few renovations and restorations, the latest being between 1998 and 2000 when a scroll presented by the Qing Emperor Guang Xu (1907) was discovered. The temple was gazetted as a national monument in 1973.

      Telok means "bay" and Ayer means "water", Telok Ayer Street was then the most important business and residential street in Chinatown and also the focal point for religious buildings and activities. There was a high concentration of population there in the 1850s to the 1870s. Chinese slave traffic flourished then, as did pollution and congestion, which probably drove affluent merchants out of this area by the turn of the 20th century.

      Owned by the Hokkien Huay Kwan
      Here is a map from 1960s showing the location of Telok Ayer Street, which was at the water front until abt. 1880:


      And a up to date map of the area now:


      On a more personal note:
      One of my early memories of Singapore is from a sigh seeing trip with the Norwegian Seamen's Priest, which included a visit to this temple. (Could have been 1960 or so)

      As the Priest was explaining about Chinese beliefs and custom we heard a great commotion outside with fire crackers going off. As we rushed out the Priest explained that this was done to fend off bad spirits.

      When we got outside we found that the firecrackers were thrown by a couple of half-drunk Norwegian seamen who had got tiered of the sights and dropped out from the tour.

      Here is a pics of fire crackers being used in a ceremony outside another temple in Singapore:

      Fire crackers are no longer allowed.

      These pics of the Temple front at Telok Ayer Street could be from around that time:


      Last edited by ombugge; March 25th, 2010, 14:20. Reason: Correcting pics

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      • #4
        Fascinating....

        Is fire crackers not allowed in Singapore anymore?

        Is that because of any particular reason (just curious)?
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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        • #5
          Originally posted by pakarang View Post
          Fascinating....

          Is fire crackers not allowed in Singapore anymore?
          Is that because of any particular reason (just curious)?
          For the same reason as most other places. Too many people got injuries from stupid use of fireworks and firecrackers.
          Now somebody has come up with a solution, electronic firecrackers!!!
          A string of something that looks like the real thing, which make noice and flashes for a few moments when somebody activate. Battery powered. (Batteries sold separately, probably)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ombugge View Post
            For the same reason as most other places. Too many people got injuries from stupid use of fireworks and firecrackers.
            Now somebody has come up with a solution, electronic firecrackers!!!
            A string of something that looks like the real thing, which make noice and flashes for a few moments when somebody activate. Battery powered. (Batteries sold separately, probably)
            Amazing... everything gets battery operated, even fire works....
            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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            • #7
              It was the birthday of the Goddess of Mercy Kuan Im a couple of days ago.
              Here is the crowed outside one of the famous temples which cater to her believers; Kuan Im Tong Hood Che Temple:


              And the Flower Sellers, Fortune Tellers and sundry other who make a business from the followers:

              (Incl. some pickpockets, but they are hard to spot)

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              • #8
                Here is the same temple without the crowed:




                The next door neighbour is a large Hindu temple:


                With some spectaculars deities and decorative statues:







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                • #9
                  Removed by Author...................
                  Last edited by ombugge; April 5th, 2010, 17:41. Reason: Remove double posting

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                  • #10
                    Not too many Churches, Temples or Mosques added here yet.

                    Here is the national Mosque in Singapore:








                    No interior shots as it was prayer time and no visitors allowed.

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                    • #11
                      Makes me regret not having visited the large Indian styled temple in Silom area of Bangkok.... it was on my plans for so many years, and then, suddenly, I don't live there anymore...
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                        Makes me regret not having visited the large Indian styled temple in Silom area of Bangkok.... it was on my plans for so many years, and then, suddenly, I don't live there anymore...
                        A lot of Temples in Thailand have Hindu background, although they now proclaim themselves a Buddhists. The differences between Hinduism and Buddhism doesn't matter as much as it appears to do between the various religions with an origin derived from Judaism. (The Old Testament)
                        I am a true believer in the Cargo Cult. (Look it up)

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                        • #13
                          Norwegian Seaman's Church, Singapore

                          No churches in this thread yet. (In fact not too many posts, other then by me)

                          Not a great Cathedral, but here is the "original" Norwegian Seaman's Church in Singapore, from abt. 1956 to 1972, when it was requisitioned and became a Club house for Singapore's newly minted Armed Forces.

                          Situated in Prince Edward's Lane, just behind Connell House:

                          which was the British Seaman's House at the time.

                          The building was shared between "The Flying Angels", which was at the end shown here:


                          The Norwegian Seaman's Mission, which was in this end:

                          I believe these pictures were taken after the takeover by SAF

                          Here is the present Norwegian/Swedish Church, on top of a hill at 300 Pasir Panjang Road:

                          Some of you may have visited here as it is popular with Norwegians of all kinds, incl. students and tourists as well as residents of Singapore.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ombugge View Post
                            Here is the present Norwegian/Swedish Church, on top of a hill at 300 Pasir Panjang Road:

                            Some of you may have visited here as it is popular with Norwegians of all kinds, incl. students and tourists as well as residents of Singapore.
                            I definitely know this place.. been there many times over the years!
                            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                            • #15
                              Brensholmen is a village in the far southwest at Kvaløya, with approx. 400 inhabitants.

                              The village formed earlier part of Hillesøy municipality, but has since 1964 been part of the municipality of Tromsø.

                              Hillesøy church is located on the Brensholmen Austein, is the church for old Hillesøy parish, which extended over large portions of the island Senja too.

                              Last edited by Azimut; July 9th, 2010, 15:58.
                              Best wishes from
                              Bengt Domben

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