Thian Hock Keng Temple - Hokkien
Learn more about the Thian Hock Keng Temple
The Thian Hock Keng Mural 40 m long painting get located on the back wall of the famed 177-year-old Thian Hock Keng Temple. The Mural is a stunning piece of art that exhibits excellent craftsmanship and portrays the tale of the first Hokkien immigrants to Singapore. Thian Hock Keng Temple – Hokkien depicts the struggles of the early immigrants, the anguish they felt upon leaving their families in China, and the labor and effort they put in to build the Singapore we know today when read from right to left.Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan commissioned Yip Yew Chong to paint the Thian Hock Keng Mural. At the 2017 Singapore Hokkien Festival’s opening ceremony, Minister Gan Kim Yong unveiled it. Visitors can now experience Murals in augmented reality using the specialized LocoMole app. One of the frequently planned “Car Free Sundays” would be a fantastic time to visit this incredible. Now that there aren’t any parked cars in the way, the entire artwork can see in all its grandeur.
Thian Hock Keng’s traditional Chinese architectural design is built on a square lot and encircles the central courtyard with various structures or pavilions. Thian Hock Keng Temple – Hokkien has the usual three-hall layout found in many such temples, consisting of an entrance hall, the main hall, and a back hall. One main door, two side doors, and a high step get located in the entrance hall. The side doors get decorated with colored tiles with peacocks, flowers, and other floral patterns, and the Buddhist swastika design symbolizes wealth, eternity, and immortality. Stone lions and Door Gods, the traditional sentinels of Taoist temples, are manning the doorways.
The primary goddess of the temple is Mazu, a Fujianese shaman who gets elevated to the rank of a Chinese Sea Goddess in the tenth century. Early immigrants to Singapore would burn incense as a form of thanksgiving for making it safely across the sea from China. Visiting the temple, make prayers for peace, security, and wellbeing. At the back is a little shrine honoring Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and The God of Medicine and Health, Holy Emperor Lord Guan, Sacred Duke Kai Zhang, Boddhisattva Sangharama, and the City God are among the other deities revered in the temple. Also revered in the temple is Confucius.
Conservation and restoration:
The temple gets attacked by termites in the 1990s, who were consuming the wooden parts of the building. The Hokkien Huay Kuan established a committee to investigate preserving and repairing the temple. The restoration project’s planning began in 1995. Up to 70 craftsmen from Fujian, including stonemasons, wood carvers, and artisans, were brought in for the extensive repair work to guarantee that the renovated temple stayed authentic to the original. The clan association house is on the top floor of the new Hokkien Huay Kuan Building, which has eight stories constructed on Telok Ayer Street in 2003.
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