Lian Shan Shuang Lin Temple

184 E Jalan Toa Payoh

Lian Shan Shuang Lin, an amazingly beautiful complex, is the oldest Buddhist temple in Singapore and one that is rightly recognized as one of the country’s most valuable national monuments. Having received this status in the late 20th century, it has since become the only object of Buddhist culture in Singapore that is officially protected by the state.

The temple owes its origin to the Chinese entrepreneur and sponsor Low Kim Pong. Legend has it that once, in a dream, he saw a golden light shining from the west. Once awake, Low Kim Pong went to the west bank of the river, where soon afterwards he met a group of Buddhist pilgrims who were returning to South China from Sri Lanka. There was a monk from the ancient Chinese monastery Sichan among them and, astonished by his spirituality, Low Kim Pong decided to build a temple in his honour in Singapore.

The temple and monastery complex Lian Shan Shuang Lin, whose poetic name is translated as the Contemplation of Double Grove of the Lotus Mountain Temple, was erected during a period from 1889 to 1902. At the moment when the building was opened, it became one of the largest Chinese Buddhist complexes in Southeast Asia. Lian Shan Shuang Lin was constructed along the lines of Chinese temple architecture canons and is a closed rectangular yard, inside which complex’s buildings are situated.

During the World War II, the temple’s original constructions were severely damaged. Lian Shan Shuang Lin was restored quite recently however; as masters from the southern provinces of China were hired for its restoration. As a result of their endeavours, the architecture and interiors of the temple and monastery complex are a mélange of different styles, a distinctive and unique feature of the place. A luxurious seven-tier pagoda with a gilt top was added to the temple’s ensemble during the last reconstruction. This is a copy of the 800-year-old pagoda from the Buddhist monastery in the Chinese province of Fujian.

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Cheen

Did u know? The monastery's Mahavira Hall & the Hall of Celestial Kings were gazetted as national monuments in 1980. Source: Straits Times

10.11.2016  
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Cheen

Part of the Toa Payoh Heritage trail which incl: Church of the Risen Christ, Chung Hwa Medical Inst, Toa Payoh Dragon playground, Masjid Muhajirin, Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman temple & more

08.10.2015  
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Torzin S

A hidden gem of Singaporean Chinese architecture. Very beautiful and interesting mix of Fujian and Guangdong arts. A must see of Toa Payoh.

23.11.2014  
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Cheen

Love how green the administration has kept the whole compound

23.07.2014  
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Cheen

It's like being transported back in time. The architecture is massive & breathtaking

23.07.2014  
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Piggie

View the building and structure of older china do . . . The whole building and structure without using a single nail.

09.01.2014  
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Stefano

The best Singaporean Temple ever!!!

22.01.2013  
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Juston

Getting lost in this ornate, peaceful, sprawling complex is great fun. It's free to visit and easily accessible by bus. I came on a Sunday at around noon and basically had the place to myself.

30.07.2012  
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Lin

Vegetarian food here is nice, not free though. Orange juice is nice. :-)

21.04.2012  
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Andrew

Plenty of people here, do watch your own belongings, bag, wallet etc

13.02.2011  
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Edmund

Free parking for visitors inside the premises of the temple.

05.02.2011  
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Lionel Polaris

There is a multistorey carpark nearby and nobody uses it because they think it's too far. It's VERY near ! Pls make use of it

04.02.2011  
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Cynthia

Difficult to find parking =(

03.02.2011  
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Jeremy

This year Rabbit, Horse, Rat & Rooster fan tai shui.

03.02.2011  
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Ken

This year horse fan tai shiu!

15.01.2011  
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Ken

Visit the Taoist & Buddhist temple 2-in-1.. One of the oldest temple too..

27.09.2010  
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