The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum located in the Chinatown, Singapore. This temple was built in 2007, but the temple's richly designed interiors and comprehensive exhibits on Buddhist art and history tell stories of culture over hundreds of years old.
The Buddha Tooth Relic temple gets its name from what the Buddhists regard as the left canine tooth of Buddha, which has been recovered from his funeral pyre in Kushinagar, India and displayed in its grounds.
The temple is open from 7am to 7pm every day, including public holidays. However, you can access the museum, located on the 3rd floor, only from 9am to 6pm. Here you can find Buddhist art and artifacts, some of which are of great historical value and each telling the world the life story of Buddha, the profound meaning of His Teachings and the rich culture of Buddhism.
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a remarkable four-story temple. The first storey consists of the Hundred Dragons Hall and the Universal Wisdom Hall. Both are heavily decorated and a very popular subject for photos. The walls are filled with 100 Buddha statues, each of which has a name and specific hand signs, called mudras. Above hangs the gild keman, framed by Hundred Dragons.
The relic chamber houses the Sarira, commonly known as relic, which carries the spiritual energy, left behind after the death of a sage. In Buddhist belief, seeing a relic is as good as seeing the Buddha in person, as good as learning the Dharma and knowing nirvana.
The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a must visit temple in Singapore.