Monday, February 27, 2012

Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple

Our next stop: Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya temple!!

Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya temple is located at 336 Race Course Road, just opposite the Leong San See Temple. This was one of the interesting temples that we had seen along our trail. Chinese and Indian community come to this temple to worship. The temple was built by a Thai monk, Venerable Vutthisasara who came to Singapore in 1927. This temple was built here so that both the Chinese and Indian devotees can visit. This temple was also a safe haven during the World War II. Most people took refuge here. Initially, the Buddha statue was placed inside a ramshackle zinc and wood shelter after some time, the temple became popular and soon was rebuilt from the funds from the Aw Brothers.


There is a huge 15- metre, 300 ton Buddha statue surrounded by 989 lights. This statue is the main attraction of the temple. The temple is also known as "Temple of a Thousand Lights" because of the lights that surrounds the Buddha statue. There are also other statues such as Ganesha , Maitreya, Kuan Yin and 4-face buddha. (similar to hindu god, Brahma) There are small statues of Buddha around the temple. We were pleased to visit this temple which cater for both chinese and indian devotees. This itself shows the unity among the races in Singapore. We can proudly suggest this temple to tourist to show them the significance of the multi racial unity in Singapore.

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