61, Sri Jinarathana Road, Colombo 02

 An unusual tour of Colombo's little-known National Museum of Natural History

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Enjoying Sri Lanka's popular street food isso wade at Galle Face Green.

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Poh Ern Shih Temple is a Chinese Mahayana temples dedicated to the Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. In 2003, the old Poh Ern Shih Temple was demolished and reconstructed. The architectural design of the 6 storey Poh Ern Shih Temple is of a traditional Chinese temple. The new Poh Ern Shih Temple is an eco-friendly temple; it makes use of Solar, hydro and wind energy for its energy needs. Poh Ern Shih Temple was built in 1954 to liberate the spirit of those who died during the WWII Battle of Pasir Panjang. The Buddhist Foundation has rented space at the temple to conduct meditation courses, Dharma discussions, etc.

Six Manifestations of Kannon at Daihō-onji Temple 大報恩寺 (Kyoto)

Burmese Buddhist Temple is home to an 11 feet white marble Buddha statue, which weigh 10 tons. This statue was made in Mandalay (Burma) in 1918 and is the largest pure white marble statue of Buddha outside of Myanmar (Burma). First started in 1875, Burmese Buddhist Temple is the oldest Theravada Buddhist Temple in Singapore. The current Burmese Buddhist Temple at Tai Gin Road was opened in 1991 and its architecture is based on traditional Burmese Buddhist temple design. There is a Bodhi tree in the compound of the Burmese Buddhist Temple, which can trace its origin to the original Bodhi tree under which the Buddha attained Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya in India.

Ryūzu Kannon 龍頭観音 (Dragon-Head Kannon)atop . Photo from .

Spread over 75,470 sq metres (equal to 10.7 footbal fields), Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery is the largest Buddhist Temple complex in Singapore. Phor Kark See Monastery has one of the largest bronze Buddha statues in Asia, weighing 55 tons and rising to a height of 13.8 meters. The Bodhi tree in the temple can trace its origin to the original Bodhi Tree in Gaya, India, where Gautum Buddha attained enlightenment. The architectural style of the Monastery is inspired by Southern Chinese design. The Monastery complex consists of a large Dharma Hall, Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas, multiple prayer halls, meditation halls, dining hall, crematorium (with columbarium), a Buddhist college offering a 4 year degree in Buddhism and residence for local and visiting Buddhist monks.

Esoteric Rites Involving Kannon

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is one of the most beautiful Buddhist Temples in Singapore. It is on most tourist “must visit” list of attractions in Singapore. Non-Buddhist too will appreciate the beauty and serenity of this amazing temple. The architecture of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is based on the Chinese Tang dynasty style, making it a key attraction in Singapore’s Chinatown. As the name suggest, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple has tooth relics of the Buddha, which are housed on the fourth floor of the temple. The wonderful main Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is on the ground floor. There are thousands of artwork (paintings, statues, tapestry, etc) related to Lord Buddha and Buddhism. The Buddhist museum is on the third floor. In addition to the temple and museum, there is also a rooftop garden, a library, a vegetarian restaurant in the basement and a bookstore. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha (Compassionate One, also known as The Future Buddha). The temple management request visitors to dress modestly and provides shawls and coveralls to visitors.

288, South Bridge Road (Chinatown), Singapore

Located in Singapore’s Little India, Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple is also called Temple of Thousand Lights. The design of Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple is influenced by Thai Temple architecture. The centerpiece of the temple is a large, 15 feet seated Buddha. This Buddha statue is surrounded by many light bulbs; hence the name “Temple of 1,000 Lights”. Another key attraction at the temple is the statue of the sleeping Buddha in a room beneath the main temple hall. Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple is a popular Temple which receives many visitors.