The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum is a living cultural monument in the heart of Chinatown housing what Buddhist leaders regard as the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic in a magnificent Relic Stupa composed of 420kg of gold donated by devotees. Everyday the inner chamber will be unveiled at stipulated timings in a ceremony conducted by resident monks and the public can view the Relic Stupa.
The Temple is dedicated to Maitreya Buddha. Entering the breathtaking 27 feet high main hall of the temple, visitors can see the beautifully carved wooden Maitreya Buddha image. From the grandeur and fine detail seen in this hall alone, visitors can appreciate the work of dedicated craftsmen who contributed their skills to the building of this Temple. The architecture, interiors and statuary, are inspired by the Tang Dynasty, an era where Buddhism flourished in China in a golden age of artistic and cultural vibrancy.
Other highlights of a visit to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum include the Buddhist Culture Museum, Eminent Sangha Museum, Tripitaka Chamber, Exhibition Hall where exhibitions relating to various facets of religious arts and culture of Singapore will be held regularly and a Theatre for cultural performances, talks and films.
On the roof, visitors can admire the pure elegant blooms of the Dendrobium Buddha Tooth, an orchid species specially named after the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum. Visitors can also rest and enjoy refreshing tea and healthy vegetarian snacks in the cozy Lotus Heart Tea House on the 2nd floor or visit the Dining Hall in the basement where free vegetarian meals are distributed daily. A shop on the ground floor allows visitors to purchase offering items, including the Dendrobium Buddha Tooth orchid and a range of books, CDs, handicrafts and commemorative souvenirs.
Visitors are advised to dress conservatively as this is a place of worship.
7am – 7pm.
Approximate touring time
288 South Bridge Road S(058840)
Take the MRT to Chinatown Station. Exit onto Pagoda Street. Turn right at the exit and BTRTM is a short 5 min walk away.