Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum

Opening this evening, ahead of Vesak day, is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum. The temple and museum is on Sago Street and is a living cultural monument in the heart of Chinatown housing the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic in a magnificent Relic Stupa composed of 420kg of gold donated by devotees.The temple will also house over 10,000 Buddha statues, including a six-metre tall Maitreya Buddha, as well as the Tripitaka, a collection of Buddhist scriptures.
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.
There will be another trip to visit the museum.

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