A Living Monument and Architectural Masterpiece in Singapore – Thian Hock Keng (天福宫)
Thian Hock Keng Introduction
Thian Hock Keng is one of the oldest and most important Hokkien temples in Singapore. It was visited by Chinese immigrants giving thanks to Mazu (Goddess of the Seas) for their safe voyage.
The temple was built in traditional southern Chinese architectural style. The entire structure was assembled without nails. It is an architectural masterpiece of stone, tiles, and wood, carvings of dragons and phoenixes, intricate sculptures and imposing columns.
*Thian Hock Keng is located at Telok Ayer Street (Station) and right opposite “Fu Lin” – a famous Singaporean style noodle restaurant.
Deities in Thian Hock Keng
Since decades ago, worshipper from around Singapore often visits Thian Hock Keng, especially during tradition event seasons. Below is the list of deities which resides in the temple:
- Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa (观世音菩萨) (Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara)
- Yue Gong Niang Niang (月宫娘娘) (The Moon Goddess)
- Tai Yang Gong (太阳公) (The Sun God)
- Kai Zhang Sheng Wang (开漳圣王) (The Sacred Governor Kai Zhang)
- Kong Zi Gong (孔子公) (Confucius)
- Mazu (妈祖, Goddess of the Sea)
- Bao Sheng Da Di (保生大帝) (Heavenly Sage Bao Sheng)
- Guan Sheng Di Jun (关圣帝君) (Heavenly Sage Guan)
- Cheng Huang Ye (城隍) (City God)
- Da Er Ye Bo (大二爷伯) (The Two Great Generals)
- Qie Lan Pu Sa (伽蓝菩萨) (Bodhisattva Sangharama)
*Tradition event which includes; Birthday of Jade Emperor, Confucious Values, Fortune Rice Bucket, Mazu Excursion of Peace and etc will be held each year.
Thian Hock Keng Wishing Well
Well, you definitely wouldn’t want to miss the great blessings from the “Wishing Well” located inside the temple – it’s been said that from the past, the well has a miraculous healing effect that devotees will drink the water from the well for blessings and good health.
Although the well has been sealed nowadays, Thian Hock Keng has reborn its usage as a hotspot for tossing a coin and make a wish of the year.
Below are the correct steps for making a wish upon the wishing well in Thian Hock Keng:
- Sound the bell lightly once
- Close your eyes and put your palms together. Make a wish.
- Throw the coin into the well. That’s it, may good luck will fall upon you! 😉
Address: Thian Hock Keng, 158, Telok Ayer Street, Singapore.
Contact: +65 6423 4616
Open Hour: 07.30 am – 05.30 pm daily