Travel Guide: Famous Places of Worship in Singapore

People across all regions in Singapore are likely to find a place to worship. Everywhere you go, you will see a mosque, church or a Buddhist temple. Singaporeans are proud of their multicultural state where everyone lives in harmony and never looks down upon diverse cultures and religions. As you apply for your travel documents through VisaExpress, there is no need to worry about where you will worship. Here are the popular temples you are likely to find in Singapore.

Thian Hock Keng Temple

This temple with a Chinese origin was built in 1840. People would visit here to pray to the goddess of the sea for a smooth journey. The Chinese are now grateful that this temple was made a permanent structure, which they use to this date. Any person from China can call this her or his place of worship when in Singapore.

Sri Mariamman Temple

The temple has a Hindu origin and was established by Sir Stamford Raffles during his visit to India in 1819. However, it was not until 1827 that the temple was fully built. Today, most Hindu believers gather here to worship the goddess of motherhood. It is a colorful temple as it has seen great renovations in recent years.

Hajjah Fatimah Mosque

In 1845, a Malay business woman started the mosque. However, the Malay architects and builders gave the mosque a perfect rebuild in the early 20th century. It is a rule of the mosque that women should cover themselves well. Women should never reveal their arms and legs in order to worship at the mosque. It is open during the day but closes in the evening at 6 PM after which no one can enter.

Sultan Mosque

This is one of the biggest mosques in Singapore. According to reliable data from the mosque officials, most visitors who are Muslim must visit here whenever they visit Singapore. It is open to tourists of all backgrounds since it has a designated area to inform them about Islam. They cover topics like what Islam is, who Allah is and other important information on the religion. People of other religions can access the mosque all days except Friday, which is reserved for Muslim believers to hold their services and prayers.

Armenian Church of St Gregory

This church stands as the oldest church on this Island. It dates all the way back to 1835, when the Armenians donated the funds to build it. Europeans and the Chinese also had some input on the project. This church is not only a worship center for Christians but also provides a tranquil place that is surrounded by well-manicured gardens and lawns.

St Andrew’s Cathedral

When Col. Ronald MacPherson built the church in the mid-19th century, he probably did not know that it would be a renowned church today. Although the new Cathedral was rebuilt after the old one was struck twice by lightning, people still credit its existence to the founders. Today, the church is a busy hub especially on Sundays when the main services are held.

Even though there are more religious centers in Singapore, these are the main ones you are likely to find interesting. Pick yours and enjoy the worship and prayers according to their respective schedules.

About the Author: Jayne Browhot is a passionate traveler who loves to write about her experiences immersing with various cultures of the world as well as learning new languages.