Wednesday, September 07, 2005

3. Long Shan Si 龙山寺

The Long Shan Si 龙山寺, at Race Course Road, was first built in 1917. It was a monk who brought a statue of the Guan Yin to Singapore built this temple. This temple has its origin from Nan-an County, Fujian, China.

This temple has its entrance arch a distance away from it. Could it have such a big space in the old days, or was it just an entrance from the main road to the temple. You could see the entrance arch at Serangoon Road.

In the old days, the temple has also built a school, Mee Toh School, which is next to the temple. The school children used to go to the temple to pay their respects to the Deities before going to school.

With its rich history, it is also interesting to note that this is also another syncretic temple. While the temple is dedicated to Buddha, there is Confucius and City God on one side, Zu Shen Niang Niang 注生娘娘 on another and even He-He (a twin Deity that was meant for people to pray to make up any quarrels .. a great idea!).

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