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Thian Hock Keng Temple

On Telok Ayer Street is the Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of Singapore’s oldest Chinese religious landmarks.  Originally a simple prayer house dedicated to the sea goddess, Ma Chu, the present temple complex was constructed in 1839-1842.  The biggest donation for its construction came from the well-known philantropist Tan Tock Seng (depicted in the stamp on the left) who also donated generously towards building a pauper’s hospital.  The Tan Tock Seng Hospital bears his name.  The Thian Hock Keng Temple has been featured on stamps twice.  It was gazetted as a National Monument on 6 July 1973.


Written by victorkoo

14 December, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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