Yueh Hai Ching Temple - Taoism
Know about Yueh Hai Ching Temple – Taoism Architecture
Yueh Hai Ching Temple, often referred to as the Wak Hai Cheng Bio due to its Teochew pronunciation, is a Chinese temple in Singapore situated in Raffles Place, the country’s financial sector. Early 19th-century Chinese immigrants to Singapore made their first visit to the Yueh Hai Ching Temple – Taoism, whose name translates as “Temple of the Calm Cantonese Sea.”
Yueh Hai Ching Temple’s architecture
The Yueh Hai Ching Temple – Taoism gets constructed using traditional Feng Shui principles, with attention paid to the temple’s orientation, the flow of fresh air, and the penetration of sunshine. The gorgeous is even more alluring because of its lovely walled courtyard and plants.
Stones decoratively pave the courtyard. Again, these open areas get planned to provide plenty of fresh air and sunlight. The shrine is made more pleasant by its natural surroundings.
Magnificent pieces of artwork enhance the cultural richness of this Taoist temple. Among them are cultural artifacts like placards, couplets, inscriptions, bells, beams, and plaques found on temples. While some of the artwork dates to the early 1800s, the Yueh Hai Ching Temple’s roof structure and architecture stand out.
Two dragons guarding a holy burning pearl perched on a metal rod get adorned on the roof of Xuan Tian Shang Di. The dragons stand for strength, protection, bravery, and justice. Tian Hou Sheng Mu’s Roof is more like a painting that shows a city being protected from evil and demonic powers by Strong dragons. These dragons possess abilities to transform negative energy into good. Yueh Hai Ching Temple’s sculptures have a three-dimensional appearance. These get skillfully and delicately crafted from wood and painted and adorned with gold foil.
The Temple of Love has used various colors for various directions or components by the Feng Shui principles.
The Temple of Love was designed with the art of Feng Shui in mind, using various colors for various orientations or aspects while keeping in mind what each color represents. For instance, blue is the color of the sky and is associated with the east (used mainly on beams and plaques). Similar to how yellow symbolizes grandeur, it gets used in sculptures and Door Gods. Red denotes good fortune and general prosperity. It is applied on doors and roofs because it has a strong yang connection. Green is another color frequently used in this area for plaque backgrounds, boundary walls, and roof changes.
Directions to Yueh Hai Ching Temple
MRT: Get off at Telok Ayer MRT Station and exit at Exit B. Turn left into Phillip Street after walking down Telok Ayer Street to reach the Wak Hai Cheng Bio Temple. Another option is to exit the Raffles Place MRT Station via Exit D, then go down D’almeida Street before turning into Phillip Street.
Using a bus: Board one of the following at the Church Street Bus Stop: 530, 588, 599, 186, or 970. To go to the temple from there, take a right turn down Phillip Street.
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