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Astoundingly setting a record to be the only Burmese Buddhist temple built outside of Myanmar in traditional Burmese architectural style, this Burmese Buddhist Temple (BBT) which also known as Maha Sasana Ransi, is home to the largest pure white marble statue of Buddha outside of Myanmar. Being one of its kind, BBT was founded in 1875 by a Burmese man named U Thar Hnin at Kinta Road. Later in 1878, he donated it to U Kyaw Gaung, a traditional physician, who introduced the most ancient branch of Buddhism called Theravada to this land. Undaunted by the lack of funds, he pledged himself to acquire a sizable marble Buddha statute like those seen in Myanmar. Thus, began he pursue to fulfil it!
With funds collected from his earnings and public donations, he went for several trips to Myanmar, which he then sighted an enormous piece of marble in Sagyin Hill. This piece was brought to Mandalay, a city well-known for its craftsmanship. Hence, a Buddha statue of 3 meters tall was sculpted and completed in 1918. After the immense and strenuous labour across 2 500 kilometres of land and sea, the statue was successfully transported to Singapore despite the lack of modern transportation and heavy machinery. Over the years of colonisation, relocation and continuous effort to rebuild, BBT was completed, and gradually it flourished to be not just a religious landmark, but also a national heritage of Singapore.
Thriving with the continuous donations and contributions from the public, BBT can actively conduct annual events and structured programmes for the public throughout the year. BBT offers Dhamma classes, religious festivals and traditional Burmese celebrations, for instance, Chinese New Year, Water Festival (Thin Gyan), Myanmar New Year, Vesak Day and so many more. For your information, this temple opens daily from 6.30 am to 9.00 pm. The entrance is free of charge. Come and stop by to enjoy the splendid splitting image of Buddha and the greatest ancient Burmese architecture here. You may also receive blessings from the monk of this temple if you want. But one rule of thumbs you do have to take it seriously is to be sure to take off your shoes before entering the temple.
The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) has extensive coverage throughout the country which makes it even easier to reach here. Alight at the nearest MRT in the vicinity, Toa Payoh MRT Station (NS19). Here onwards, take Exit B, and it will be just a 7-minute walk to the temple.
The nearby bus stop is B52479 which is about 3 minute of a walk to the BBT. A few of the buses that pass through are 139, 139M and 145.
You can hail taxis at the official stands or booking beforehand which is extremely a life saver! But bearing in mind, that booking fees are applied. Else, rest assured that MRT stations too offer SMRT taxis services.
Waze yourself to this address, Burmese Buddhist Temple, 14, Tai Gin Road (Off Ah Hood Rd) Singapore 327873. However, please take note that there is no available parking at the temple. The nearest parking is:
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This 4-star hotel, Ramada Singapore at Zhongshan Park has everything that you need, making it just the perfect stay. Besides their warm hospitality, it is also complemented with an outdoor pool, fitness centre and garden for you to unwind and enjoy your vacation. To top it all, this hotel’s exclusive restaurant serves exquisite cuisines to your liking, including vegetarian meals. Other amenities and services that they do offer are business and conference facilities, shuttle, car rental and even babysitting! The rates go as high as SGD 317.79 and lowest as SGD 270.71 per night.
Located just a walking distance from the temple, ibis Singapore Novena is just the right choice if you are in the vicinity. Simple and affordable, yet offering a comfortable stay, what else could you have asked for? This hotel too has its restaurant and bar to relish your hunger. The room price here ranges accordingly to types of room, from SGD 166.80 to SGD 190.46 per night with breakfast at a surcharge.