About once a week, Jeremy and I find ourselves wandering around one corner or another of Singapore, taking photos and trying to find something new on this small island. Last weekend Jeremy and I stumbled across a Singapore heritage sight we’d never encountered or heard of before: Yueh Hai Ching Temple. This Taoist temple is actually two temples that have been merged, with the left temple dedicated to the goddess of the sea, Mazu, and the right temple dedicated to the Teochew god Xuan Tian Shang Di (source: http://www.ngeeann.com.sg/en/wak-hai-cheng-bio/). We were greeted by a man who told us a little about the temple. According to him, the temple is both a Taoist and a Buddhist temple. I’m still trying to understand how these two philosophies blend together, as I’ve often heard it said that Taoism and Buddhism have somewhat blended here, and that devotees follow some practices from each.
The roof was what caught our attention, as it is covered with small colorful statues.
There are also several tableaux within the temple. These depict stories from Chinese culture. These are mosaics and the source materials were porcelain plates painted in the range of colors used here.
Look at that face! Like most Chinese temples we’ve visited, the door guardians are among the outstanding artwork and are often based on generals or warriors.
After our short trip into the temple, we continued to walk around for a bit. There are many sights crowded into this part of town. Of course one of the biggest draws is always the Singapore River.
I love the Fullerton Hotel. I’ve never stayed there, but it’s such a beautiful, iconic sight to me, and I have so many memories of this area. Jeremy and I took many of our wedding photos on the Cavenagh Bridge connecting the two sides of the river. We just celebrated two years married.
There are a number of statues in the area here. This one is called “The River Merchants”. The merchants, one Englishman, seated, a Chinese merchant and a Malay trader, both standing, are shown in the distance while laborers load a cart in the foreground. This statue depicts how modern Singapore came to be what it is today.
After walking around the riverfront, we walked over to Funan Digital Life Mall. Across the street is this beautiful red and white building, the Central Fire Station, built between 1905 and 1908. The structure now also houses the Civil Defense Heritage Gallery, which we have yet to visit.
Yueh Hai Ching Temple: 30 B Phillips Street; Raffles Place MRT
Central Fire Station: 62 Hill Street, City Hall MRT