Tan Si Chong Chu Temple

Tan Si Chong Chu Temple, Singapore

Tan Si Chong Chu Temple
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Go back in time as you take in the graceful sweep of the curved roof ridge enhanced with upturned eaves, wooden carvings and ornamental gable eaves set in granite columns.
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Neighbourhood: Central Area/City Area

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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore10,361 contributions
A National Monument since 1974
Apr 2021
This small but intricate temple once faced the Singapore River and Pulau Saigon. In 1989, the river was diverted during the building of the CTE tunnels and Pulau Saigon was later fully reclaimed and linked to the south bank. Hence, this temple is now located some distance from the river bank.
It was built in 1876-1878 as an ancestral temple for the Tan Clan. The building expenses were borne by two well-known merchants and philanthropists, Tan Kim Ching (eldest son of Tan Tock Seng) and Tan Beng Swee (son of Tan Kim Seng)
It was built in the architectural style of temples in southern China with ornate decorations befitting a prosperous and prominent Tan Clan.
The Entrance hall has a trio of brightly painted timber double-leafed doors.
Two pillars at the entrance shows carved spiralling pose of dragons flying towards the sky.
In the prayer hall, two bells and a drum dating to the 19th century hang from the ceiling.
The roof ridge has a blazing pearl flanked by two dancing dragons and is also rich in other jian nian ornamentation.
Previously, only people with the surname "Tan" could worship here but it was changed in 1982 .
It is gazetted a National Monument in 1974.
Written 20 April 2021
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Rach979
Sunderland, UK1,137 contributions
My favourite temple to visit in Singapore
Oct 2019 • Couples
Whilst visiting Singapore we checked out a few temples but this was by far my favourite.
Such a beautiful place and interesting to look around. It’s smaller than some of the other temples, but the staff here were very informative and gave us a free tour around, explaining about the different Gods and culture, it was fascinating.
We also lit candles for a small fee.

Written 2 November 2019
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Culture449773
30 contributions
A Chinese masterpiece
Apr 2019 • Couples
The Chinese gentleman nodded his good morning and invited us in for a wander around this traditional building. There was no interference from the guardians who appeared genuinely pleased at our interest in the architecture and shrines. The tranquility within is a contrast to the business of nearby Clarke Quay. There is a donation box if you'd like to leave a gift.
Written 25 April 2019
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Lynne R
Brisbane, Australia504 contributions
Beautiful temple
Dec 2018 • Friends
On our walk from our hotel to Clarke Quay we passed this temple. Such a peaceful place. The gentleman inside gave us a detailed account of the history of the temple. It is free and they have items you can purchase. We ended up spending nearly an hour here looking at the ornamental decorations and the stories. Very peaceful and well worth stopping to view.
Written 29 January 2019
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The_Traveling_Expat
Chicago, IL339 contributions
Serene
Dec 2017 • Solo
This temple is right by the hotel I was staying at, so I stopped by each morning to check out everything and all the details. There are many things to see and examine, so it is possible to spend more time here than you might think.
Written 24 December 2017
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wordsncolors
Kolkata (Calcutta), India264 contributions
A delightful discovery while on a leisurely walk..
Aug 2017 • Couples
We discovered this quaint temple quite by accident. As we were walking around, exploring the areas close to our hotel, the traditional red exterior first drew our attention. Once inside, we were pleasantly surprised to find such a beautiful temple. The various shrines, the detailed Chinese architecture, and the stillness in the air - all added up to make our discovery indeed very special. Throwing coins in the wishing wall was fun - now fingers crossed that those wishes may come true :)
Written 20 August 2017
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townfan52
Pontypridd, UK17 contributions
A delightful place
Nov 2016 • Couples
This temple is a little off the beaten track and we came across it accidentally. What a wonderful find. As we were walking around admiring the architecture and the statues/idols we were approached by a gentleman who acts as a guide / teacher for visitors. His pride in the temple is obvious, yet he does not act in an overbearing way, answering all our questions with a great deal of patience.
It is one of the quietest temples I have visited but I consider it to be one of the best. If you have time to spare I suggest you look it up. I found the place very rewarding personally.
Written 20 November 2016
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mrdom
4,973 contributions
Colourful local temple
May 2016 • Solo
Hidden amongst hotels and offices behind the Riverside Point complex is this 140 year old temple that is very well maintained (and plenty of space is given over to acknowledgement of donations). It's very colourful with artworks in the rooms in the side wings. The rain was pouring down when I went in and the staff offered me some tea and told me about the history of the temple, and about how much they liked rain. It may get ignored due to its location but it's actually quite accessible, so worth a look.
Written 29 May 2016
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Tracy D
Houston, TX248 contributions
The most quiet of the temples we saw
This temple was off the beaten path and had fewer people than were at the other temples. It was supposed to have wonderful feng shui (sp?). It seemed a bit tired.
Written 5 May 2015
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
Colourful little temple
Jan 2015 • Solo
I stopped off at this temple whilst walking home from walk after noticing that it was still open at around 7pm. It's a small temple with not too much to see, but is well maintained inside and is quite colourful. Certainly worth a stop if you happen to be in the area.
Written 5 January 2015
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