Think of Singapore, and you think of fun, action and adventure. However, there are also many spiritual places to visit in Singapore that will make your vacation a peaceful one. There’s so much to see in Singapore, but if you are looking for spiritual places, you’ll find many of them too. Singapore is an amalgamation of many world cultures. The immigrants also bought along with their cultures their faith. Thus, many temples, churches, shrines, and mosques are built all over Singapore. Many of them are gorgeous and an absolute must-see.
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
When you glance upon this beautiful temple in Chinatown, you will feel like it is an old temple. However, it was actually completed in 2007. It was designed according to ancient Chinese architecture, and you can guess by the name, it holds an ancient tooth relic believed to be of Buddha himself. It is one of the most popular Singapore tourist attractions. Despite the hustle and bustle of Chinatown, this place is quiet. You can go to the fourth level, where there’s a comfortable seating area for meditation, and in the basement, you can dine on delicious veg food for a small donation. A visit here will make you feel utterly relaxed.
The original Sultan Mosque was built in 1824, but was replaced by a bigger mosque in 1928. Today, it is one of the most revered mosques in the country. It has balustrades, minarets, and gold domes, making it look absolutely beautiful. It looks even better in the night when it is lit. However, the insides are quite a contrast. It is extremely simple on the inside so as to not distract the worshipers. Visitors are provided with clothing for cover if they are not modestly dressed. This is place is definitely one of the many Singapore tourist attractions where you can experience spirituality.
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Located on Serangoon Road, Little India, this temple is an architectural marvel dedicated to goddess Kali, and is one of the most interesting places in Singapore. The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple was built 1881, making it quite old. During festival season, the temple is decked with colorful decorations, and the sounds of ‘aarti’ resonate all around. But during other time, it is quite peaceful, and a great place to see architecture and relax. So, if a Hindu temple is where your spirituality is ignited, make a trip to the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple.
Armenian Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator
The oldest church in Singapore, The Armenian Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator is considered as one of the most beautiful churches of the colonial era. It is the oldest church in Singapore, and has been declared as a national monument. In the front is a beautiful garden, a portico, and two large columns. The peaceful atmosphere will put you instantly at ease. No matter what faith you are, you will surely feel great when you visit this church.
Burmese Buddhist Temple
This temple is home to a 10 tonne, 11 feet tall statue of Buddha that was originally made in Burma (now Myanmar). The temple is also home to a Bodhi tree, which is believed to have roots to the original Bodhi tree in India, under which Buddha attained enlightenment. Therefore, many believers and unbelievers flock to the temple for prayers and peace. You can spend some quality time in the calm atmosphere after an eventful day touring Singapore. The Burmese Buddhist Temple, without a doubt, is one of the most interesting places in Singapore.
St. Andrew’s Cathedral
Standing as a perfect example of Neo-Gothic and British Colonial architecture, the St. Andrew’s Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Singapore. This church too has the tag of being a national monument. This church has been demolished and rebuilt twice. Once you enter this massive place, you will instantly be dwarfed and awestruck by the sheer size. Peace and calm resonate throughout, as you can see many visitors kneeling and praying. The three stained glass windows at the apse, also make for a beautiful site. This place is an important Singapore tourist attraction, and a must-see for spirituality seekers.
Here’s something you will only see in Singapore. A mosque, built in Chinatown, by Indians. This showcases the diversity and harmony of Singapore. India also has a strong presence of Islam, and some immigrants from India were Muslim. They built this unique looking mosque according to Indian architecture. So, instead of the round minarets, there are octagonal minarets with onion shaped domes. Each day, many faithful come for prayers, and tourists too get to chance to see the beautiful structure.
Kong Meng San PhorKark See Monastery
This is the largest Buddhist temple in Singapore. It started off as a place for built for lodging of monks but grew dramatically. Consisting of huge stupas, and prayer halls, the monastery has an undisturbed atmosphere of tranquility. You won’t even believe that just outside is a bustling city area. The monastery also has a Bodhi tree believed to the second generation descendent of the original enlightenment Bodhi tree. It is recommended you get a long Singapore visa, and spend at least a whole day here to truly feel relaxed
Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple
If you’re wondering now what to see in Singapore that is uniquely spiritual, check this out. The Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple is a modern monastery that believes in staying with the times. In the year 2014, they demolished the old building of monk quarters, and instead, built a new structure. The new gorgeous structure now houses museum, Dhamma Classroom, monks’ quarters, meditation halls, dining hall, rest area and for community events an open area. Spirituality meets modern times at the Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple.
There are many spiritual places to visit in Singapore that promise not only a peaceful and calming experience, but they will also leave you awestruck with their beauty. So, book your Singapore visa now, if you want to get in touch with inner peace and experience the divine.