Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore

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    Sri Mariamman Temple

    by antistar Written Apr 6, 2015

    Found in Chinatown, rather than where you might expect in Little India, the Sri Mariamman Temple is the main temple for Hindus in the city. It's one of Singapore's oldest buildings, founded just eight years after the British East India established their first trading settlement. The early days of the temple proved problematic, as Hindu temples require a great deal of water for their rites, but the location, like the rest of Chinatown, was not served by a fresh water supply - it needed to be drawn in by buffaloes. The building, with its garish tiered pyramid of deities, really stands out in the more conservative architecture of Chinatown.

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    Sri Mariamman Temple

    by fachd Updated Jan 4, 2013

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    The colourful building of Sri Mariamman Temple in Chinatown is the oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore and it is one of the major tourist attractions. The temple is Dravidian style and serves South Indian Tamil. It was founded by Indian entrepreneur Narraina Pillal in 1827.

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    Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore

    by HebaM Updated Sep 1, 2012

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    The Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapore's oldest Hindu temple. located at No. 244 South Bridge Road, in the downtown Chinatown district. The admission fee for the temple is free but you'll have to pay if you want to take photos.There's a Buddhist temple next to it.

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    Take a drink at the roof top bar

    by Henrik_rrb Updated Nov 9, 2009

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    Just a few hundred meters from the Sri Mariamman hindu temple in Chinatown you'll find Scarlet Hotel and it's fantastic roof top bar. The place doesn't seem so high, but when you get up there the view over Chinatown is fantastic! Doesn't hurt either that the drinks are amazingly good and look almost even better, or that the whole hotel is really cool!

    Herny brought me up here and we had a great afternoon looking out over Chinatown while zipping on one (eh... okay, maybe it was two) drink.

    Have a feeling that the sunset should look quite nice from here.

    The hotel is a quite famous boutique hotel, and if you look around a bit it's possible to find quite human prices. Full price booked from the hotel starts at 320 SGD though (165 euro) so have a look around first.

    At the roof top there is apparently also a jacuzzi, which I for sure will look for the next time I'm there!

    Prices for the drinks weren't the cheapest in Singapore, but considering that a hotel room costs 320 SGD I must say that the prices for the drinks were much lower. Think we paid around 10-12 SGD per drink.

    Great view from the roof top bar. Cool guy. Eh... :) Really cool drink! My beautiful girl. Beer! Or drink? Or both?
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    Beautiful hindu temple

    by Henrik_rrb Updated Nov 9, 2009

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    Singapore's oldest hindu temple is located in the central parts of Chinatown. It was first made by a Mr Naraina Pillai, a trader who came to Singapore with Sir Stamford Raffles back in 1819. Four years later he managed to get a piece of land to build the temple on, and in 1827 the temple for the goddess Sri Mariamman was all done. In 1862 it was rebuilt to look more like what it looks like today.

    Sri Mariamman is a goddess known to help people get well from disease and get away from death. I think it's working too, after visiting the temple my worried stomach was feeling much better! (it might also have been thanks to the great drink I got at the roof top bar next door, but...).

    The temple is very beautiful, with lots of detailed statues and forms. Unfortunately the front entrance tower (Rajagopuram) was under re-construction when me and Herny visited, so we couldn't really see it. But there are plenty to see also inside the temple, so it's well worth a visit.

    There are ceremonies daily, and when we were inside they had a smaller one with drums and fire. Very impressive, specially the drummer!

    The temple is open to everyone, no matter if you're a believer or not. Just remember that you must take off your shoes outside the temple due to religious reasons. If you don't want to leave your shoes outside on the street it's okay to bring them inside in a bag though. There is no entrance fee, but if you want to take photos you'll have to pay 3 SGD. Double that sum if you want to use a video cam instead.

    Don't miss all the statues on the different buildings! And neither miss the beautiful roof paintings everywhere!

    Beautiful statues. Fire ceremony. My favourite. There were many in different colours Happy guy, painting in the roof.
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    Sri Mariamman Temple

    by Onedragon Updated Jul 27, 2009

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    LOCATED IN CHINATOWN IS THE MOST IMPORTANT HINDU TEMPLE CALLED THE%cb Sri Mariamman Temple The original temple was built out of wood and attap in 1827 and the original brick structures of the present building were built around 1843. Convicts built the original structure in 1862, expanding a wood and thatch temple which was put up by one of Singapore's first successful Indians, businessman Narayana Pillai. The temple has undergone several refurbishments to add new annexes to the original building.

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    Hindu temple

    by tim07 Updated May 21, 2008

    This is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore & is situated in the heart of Chinatown. It was built in 1827, then rebuilt in 1862. Above the entrance gate is a colourful gopuram(tower). This is covered in a collection of colourful Hindu figures.

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    Sri Mariamman Temple

    by arianne_1504 Updated Jul 3, 2007

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    Sri Mariamman is Singapore's oldest Hindu temple and dates back to 1827. Covered with figurative sculptures of gods and goddesses and mythological beasts, this tower is visible from afar so devotees can even say their prayers without stepping inside the temple.

    In all its Glory Up Close and Personal
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    South Indian Temple in Chinatown

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 6, 2006

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    Right in the heart of Chinatown is the Sri Mariamman Temple which is also happens to be the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore.

    Regardless of your personal religious beliefs you will admire the multitude of colourful and intricate carvings on its facades.

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    No shoes allowed!

    by Skylink Updated Jun 16, 2006

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    Sri Mariammann Temple is an Indian temple located in Chinatown. Admission is free but you must buy a ticket to take pictures. You also have to walk barefoot. I saw several people, including myself, who decided not to enter because of the shoe regulations. There is also a good view of the temple from the right side (when facing the front door) through a gate. Just walk through the outdoor shopping stalls to get to the gate.

    The side of th temple
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    The Temple

    by snuggie Updated Feb 17, 2006

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    Sri Mariamman Temple was built in 1843 and used provide accommodation to indian immigrants in early days.Today Sri Mariamman Temple is place of worship and a favourite tourist spot.
    This also reflect the multi-racial groups in Singapore.

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    Sri Mariamman Temple

    by bryINpoland Written Jan 11, 2006

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    Sri Mariamman Temple is the largest and oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. It was first built in 1827, at that time basicly just a wooden hut. In 1843 it was reconstructed and dedicated to the Goddess Mariamman, who is believed to protect against disease and death.

    Over the years Sri Mariamman Temple would serve as a refuge for immigrants while they looked for work and a place to stay. In 1973 it was declared a national monument and has since become one of the most visited places in Singapore.

    Important to Know: Anyone may visit the temple. But before entering, you must remove your shoes. So dont wear your best shoes that day if you are planning to visit the temple and are worried about them walking off.

    infront of Sri Mariamman Temple. Bryan and Teddy The Gopuram (tower) Dont know why there are cows on the outer walls
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  • Singapore's Oldest Hindu Temple

    by snux_849 Written Nov 4, 2005

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    Built in 1827, the temple has an awesome facade. To get inside the temple, one must be barefoot and to use a camera will cost a $3 donation ($6 for video cameras). There is a ceremony late in the afternoons.

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    Sri Mariamman Temple

    by Robert_Hun Updated Jan 12, 2005

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    The biggest Hindu temple in Singapore. The Hindu temples are usually very well ornamented but this one is especially incredibly rich in ornaments both out- and inside. You can enter the temple, you just have to remove your shoes, so take an extra pair of socks that you don't worry about as the ground is very dirty.

    Ornaments on the Sri Mariamman Temple
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    Dedicated to the Goddess Mariamman.

    by K.Knight Written Dec 27, 2004

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    Situated in Chinatown, Sri Mariammam Hindu temple is almost as old as Singapore itself. In 1827 the government clerk Naraina Pillay, who came in the same ship as Stamford Raffles years earlier, erected a wood and atap hut on this site. Later in 1843 the present temple was constructed and dedicated to the goddess Mariamman who is worshipped for her power to cure disease. Its most interesting feature is its impressive gopuram (tower) over the main entrance, which is decorated with numerous Hindu deities.

    Impressive gopuram (tower.)
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