simpsons above timor
Singapore Travel Blog› entry 41 of 56 › view all entries
September 16th, 2009 – by: fromtheblock
Stumbling off the bus at Bugis Junction, I bypassed the first shopping centre enroute to a golden topped roof standing prominently above storefronts below.
"Sultans Mosque," the largest in Singapore. seems randomly out of place in a city setting. That is, until you turn the corner around back and are bombarded with food stalls and canal-type streets lined with niknacks and clothing.
Already in need of a break from the heat, I grabbed an iced coffee from Starbucks (don't judge) and refueled before the journey into pungent Little India. Discount/knock off store heaven! Shopping is unavoidable in Singapore, but I'm doing my best to be frugal. The sidewalks are covered with storefronts spilling over, so one often has to walk in the streets.
"Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple," dedicated to Kali, the incarnation of Lord Siva's wife Meenachi. This was the first temple in Singapore dedicated to Meenachi and was erected in 1855. When war broke out in 1942, the temple served as a refuge for locals, and Kali was then also seen as a protector.
"Leong San Buddhist Temple," began as a lodge for treating the sick, but grew into an elaborate temple. A school was started to help teach the local children, which is still connected to the temple in back.
"Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple," was originally just a zinc and wood shelter that housed a statue of Buddha. As its popularity grew, so did its building (and Buddha...now 300 tons!)
I'm sure there's plenty of temples I've missed, but perhaps Chinatown will produce more. I'll work on uploading the pictures, but this computer is kind of slow and uploading, so I may have to go to an internet cafe at somepoint where they have updated computers.
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