Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery: A Must See in Singapore

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 0 Comments

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
Can you imagine 10 football fields as a religious site? Yes, that’s the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, which is the largest Buddhist Temple complex in Singapore. It also happens to have one of the largest bronze Buddha statues in Asia, weighing 55 tons and rising to a height of 13.8 meters. If you are looking for a less touristy, more suburban and serene religious site in Singapore that will give you heavenly goose bumps, it’s time to visit the Phor Kark See Monastery.

Inspired by the Southern Chinese design, this Monastery complex consists of a large Dharma Hall, a Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas, prayer halls, meditation halls, a crematorium, stupas, and a Buddhist college offering a 4-year degree in Buddhism and residence for local and visiting Buddhist monks. Talk about all encompassing, yes. Established in 1920, the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery was actually donated by Tay Woo Seng, a Chinese businessman.

Another notable feature of the monastery is this Bodhi Tree, which came from a sacred Bodhi tree at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, and India where Shakyamuni Buddha was said to have attained enlightenment. I have never seen a place in Singapore that looks as serenely spectacular as the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery. In my book, it’s most likely one of the best places in Singapore to not only learn about the Buddhist culture but also to appreciate the impressiveness that this place shows. Okay, enough describing, more photo-dumping. Enjoy the profusion of photos over here!

Address: 88 Bright Hill Rd, Singapore 574117 Singapore

Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

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