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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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April 3, 2014

singapore | chinatown: sri mariamman temple


Gopuram  (Entrance Tower)

Another temple in Chinatown’s “3 temple street” is the Sri Mariamman Temple - the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore.

Related: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and
Green colored Mosque


Quick tidbits on the temple:
  • an agamic temple (temple construction adhere to the Agamas), built in the Dravidian style (characterized by pyramid shaped towers)
  • founded in 1827 by Naraina Pillai, a prominent businessman during the colonial period and regarded for his social contributions 
  • designated as one of Singapore’s National Monument 
  • the side streets flanking the temple are now called Pagoda Street and Temple Street in reference to the temple. 
Sri Mariamman Temple

The temple is hard to miss with its intricate gopuram (entrance tower) rising above adjacent structures along South Bridge Road. The gopuram is made up of six tiers, each one filled with sculptures of Hindu deities, and each upper level smaller than the previous.

Timber door

At the entrance tower is a huge double leaf timber door, studded with gold bells which are supposed to be rung by devotees as they go through. [It is important to note that you have to leave your footwear outside the temple]. There are also side entrances but these are mostly used as service entrances.

Side Entrance

So I did what all good tourists do: take the lead from locals. Took off my shoes and passed through the huge door. Oops, I forgot to ring the bells.

Sri Mariamman Temple
The gopuram entrance leads to a hall with decorated columns and beautiful ceiling paintings, so make sure to look up. [If you want to take photos, there is a S$3.00 fee].

Ceiling Art

Ceiling Art

Ceiling Art

Ceiling Art

Ceiling Art

Ceiling Art

There is an open air courtyard in the compound as well several free-standing shrines in pavilion like structures known as Vimana.

Shrines

Shrines

Shrines

Shrines
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