Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

The Chinatown Heritage Centre is a great way to start a visit to this section of Singapore. Three shophouses are used to showcase the early settlers and their cultural history. Of special interest, seeing recreated rooms as the Chinese actually lived. Each room is tiny with difficult cooking and lavatory conditions. The Masjid Jamae is one of the oldest mosques in Singapore. Likewise the Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Singapore (BTRTS) is a very recent addition and most impressive. The roof with more than 10,000 Buddhas enshrined along the walls and fragrant orchids surrounding a pavilion lends itself to quiet meditation. A huge closisonne Buddha Prayer Wheel is a convenient way to recite the sutra. Pagoda Street is lined with friendly hawkers. In a stop at a camera store, for example, I was gifted with a replacement strap for my Canon PowerShot S45. On a later walk down Pagoda Street, I decided to purchase a reversible bathrobe. One side is black with a dragon, the other side is a deep blue with intricate images. The original price quoted as an “early morning special” was $59. In Little India we happened on the same exact bathrobe with a starting price of $250 which quickly lowered to $150, but still…?! On our return trip to Chinatown the “sale” price was now $45 which is about $31.50 U.S. The Maxwell Food Centre has several long lines of food stalls. We sampled dim sum at Tian Jin Fong Kee Restaurant in the People’s Park Complex where you pay for cold water and moist napkins. For dinner later in the week we sampled Peranakan (Chinese Indonesian) cuisine at the Blue Ginger restaurant. Singapore’s Chinatown is a special treat.

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