Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

Overview of Buddha Tooth Relic

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum was conceptualised and designed by Venerable Shi Fa Zhao, aided by a team of local and overseas consultants. The temple is located along South Bridge Road in the heart of Chinatown.

The predominantly red temple stands out for its beautiful Tang Dynasty architecture and the Buddhist Mandala. The building has 4 storeys with a roof and basement.

First floor

The first floor of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple consists of the Hundred Dragons Hall and Universal Wisdom Hall. There are two entrances to the first floor of the temple, the front entrance leading to the Hundred Dragons Hall and the back entrance leading to the Universal Wisdom hall

Hundred Dragons Hall - Maitreya Hall

The Hundred Dragons Hall is located on the first floor of the Temple and is designed after Buddhist temples of the Tang Dynasty. It is solemn and dignified with a hundred Buddhas enshrined on both sides of the hall. The statues of One Hundred Buddhas are individually handcrafted by several sculptors.

Below is the Maitreya Buddha image carved of wood and placed inside the gau. Buddha Maitreya is seated on the lotus seat with his hands in Dharmachakra mudra position while a lion protects him from below. The Majestic and intricate gau is similar to a holy site. Devotees who chant to the gau will enjoy longevity and happiness.

Universal Wisdom Hall - Avalokitesvara Hall

A beautifully handcrafted Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara sits upon an elaborate lotus throne. Along the sides of the hall are the Zodiac Protectors.

Second floor

Manjushri Hall - Aranya Gallery

The second floor Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is an exhibition hall. Demostrations of Buddhist calligraphy, paintings and sculptures will be held at this floor regularly. The depository of Buddhist Texts is also situated at this floor, as is the Maha-pranjna-paramita Sutra.

Third floor

Samantabhadra Hall - Nagapuspa Buddhist Culture MuseumA collection of Buddhist artefacts that relates to the events in the life of the Buddha is displayed on the third level of the temple. If you are interested to find out about Buddhism, you must visit this Buddhist Culture Museum. The exhibits tell the story of Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. His teaching and how it was spread to various parts of the world is also exhibited at the museu

Sacred Buddha Relics Chamber

The Museum of Buddhist Cultural Relics houses the sariras of Buddha, His Disciples and eminent monks from various countries, for faithful believers to look at with reverence. This room is inside the Museum and photography is not allowed, as it might damage the more fragile exhibits, such as the relics of Buddha's tongue, brain and eyes.

Fourth floor

Sacred Light Hall - Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic Chamber

Your tour will not be complete if you did not visit the roof. It may be accessed from any one of the four corner staircases. The roof top is filled with numerous Dendrobium Buddha Tooth orchid plants and at the end of the garden stands a tall Ten Thousand Buddhas Pagoda housing the large Vairocana Buddha Prayer.

Roof top

Temple Roof Top Vairocana Buddha Prayer Wheel


Your tour will not be complete if you did not visit the roof. It may be accessed from any one of the four corner staircases. The roof top is filled with numerous Dendrobium Buddha Tooth orchid plants and at the end of the garden stands a tall Ten Thousand Buddhas Pagoda housing the large Vairocana Buddha Prayer.

Vairocana Buddha Prayer Wheel is cylindrical in shape, a religious artefact commonly used by Chinese Buddhists. The rim is embossed with the esoteric Vairocana Mantra. A piece of scripture is placed inside. Every turn of the wheel represents a single recital of the scripture and mantra. The wheel is a convenient way to recite the Sutra.


Rules to abide when you entering the Temple:

  1. Wear appropriate attire to show respect; no bare backs, off-shoulders, shorts, mini-skirts, etc    
  2. Strictly no non-vegetarian food and pets inside the Temple


How to get there

Take the MRT to Chinatown stations and take Exit A at Pagoda Street and turn right at south Bridge Road


Opening Hours

Daily : 7.00 am - 7.00 pm

including Public holidays

Admission

Free

More information

288 South Bridge Road Singapore 058840

www.btrts.org.sg


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