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Thian Hock Keng Temple, Singapore

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Contact: +65 6423 4616
Open Hours: Daily: 7:30a-5:30p
This Taoist temple (also known as the Temple of Heavenly Happiness) was built in the early 1840s, at a time when the waterfront was practically at its doorstep. Then, it was merely a humble joss house dedicated to Ma Cho Po, Mother of Heavenly Sages. Sailors gave thanks to her for a safe journey.This is the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore, and perhaps the most cosmopolitan of all, if you consider the Dutch Delft tiles in the courtyard, English motif tiles at the altar, and Scottish cast iron girdles at the doorway. Interestingly, it was built without using a single nail.