Siang Cho Keong Temple - Taoism
All you need to know about the Siang Cho Keong Temple
In a serene nook of Amory Lane in Singapore, the Hokkien Community founded the revered Taoist shrine Siang Cho Keong Temple in 1867. The modest sanctuary, formerly known as Zhi Yun Miao, was established in its chosen position because it resembled an ideal feng shui with a sea in front of and a hill behind this sacred building for many years. Due to its lack of popularity compared to the other Chinese temples in Singapore, the Siang Cho Keong Temple – Taoism gets frequently ignored by visitors. It is, nonetheless, one of Lion City’s most underappreciated temples. Lu Fu Xian Zu is one of the Eight Immortals in Chinese mythology. Visitors come to this place of worship every day. But the afternoons are when it is the most crowded as people enter to offer their prayers and ignite incense sticks to show their devotion to the gods.
The idol of Lu Fu Xian Zu, one of the Eight Immortals, was brought from the Fujian Province by Abbot Zheng Ming, the creator of this lovely temple. The shore shifted further away from the temple as a result of many land reclamations that took place nearby throughout time, and the temple ultimately stopped facing the sea as a result. The Siang Cho Keong Temple – Taoism underwent three significant restorations before its completion in 1969, 1908, 1937, and 1966, respectively.
The architecture of Siang Cho Keong Temple:
The Hokkien architectural style, distinguished by its swallowtail roof and cut porcelain carving, was used to construct the Taoist temple. The moniker “swallowtail” comes from the curled ridges on the temple’s roof that project outward like a swallow’s tail. The clay roof tiles are unglazed and made of clay. The beautiful carvings on the main gate add to the charm of this sacred place.
The temple’s entrance gets guarded by a pair of lions, a common sight in Chinese temples that adds to its grandeur. Several believers make wishes in the dragon well to the left of the entryway by dropping coins in it.
- This area has a no-photography and no-videography policy.
- On the first and fifteenth days of the lunar month, the company is open from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
- The temple is open on Tua Pek Kong’s and Siang Cho’s birthdays from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
- Amory Street is a well-connected location with a lot of restaurants nearby. After touring the temple, you can stop by several restaurants, including the Chinatown Seafood Restaurant, One Fork Two Stick Kitchen, and Cho-Won Garden Korean Restaurant.
How To Reach Siang Cho Keong Temple ?
- When taking the MRT, the station closest to the Siang Cho Keong Temple is Tanjong Pagar.
- Taking a bus: From Monterey Park, take bus numbers 57, 154, or 176 to Amory Street.
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