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The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple(BTRT) and Museum – a Buddhist temple and museum located in the Chinatown district of Singapore.




The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is a Buddhist temple and museum complex that is located in the Chinatown district of Singapore.

Overview

• The temple is based on the Tang dynasty architectural style.
• It was built to house the tooth relic of the historical Buddha.
• The ground breaking ceremony was conducted on 13 March 2005.
• It costed S$62 million.
• Two years later, a soft launch was held to coincide with the 2007 Vesak Day celebration.
• It is claimed that the relic of Buddha from which it gains its name was found in 1980.
• It was found in a collapsed stupa in Myanmar.
• The temple has become a popular attraction within Chinatown.
• Simple vegetarian fare is served in the basement of the temple.
• Donations are accepted.
• The BTRTM building design was conceptualized and designed by Venerable Shi Fa Zhao.
• A number of draft designs were developed, incorporating the best arts and culture of the great Tang Dynasty of China and the principles of the Buddhist Mandala.
• A great deal of research had been made to ensure accuracy and authenticity.

From the success of the 2002 Suntec City exhibition, it was clear that the Golden Pagoda Buddhist Temple would be inadequate to exhibit the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic for public veneration.

Quick facts about BTRT

• Established: 2002
• Location: 288, South Bridge Road, Singapore 058840
• Public transit access Chinatown MRT Station, Tanjong Pagar MRT Station

About the floors of BTRT

First storey
• Mountain Gate, Courtyard, Bell and Drum Towers
• Hundred Dragons Hall – Maitreya Hall
• Universal Wisdom Hall – Avalokitesvara Hall

Second storey
• Manjushri Hall – Aranya Gallery
• Lotus Heart Teahouse – Refined Pure Teahouse

Third storey
• Samantabhadra Hall – Nagapuspa Buddhist Culture Museum
• Sacred Buddha Relics Chamber

Fourth storey
• Sacred Light Hall – Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic Chamber

Roof
• Smaller pagodas, which houses one of the Four Buddhas of the Cardinal Points.
• A large, tall Ten Thousand Buddhas Pagoda housing the large Vairocana Buddha Prayer Wheel, in the center.
• Numerous Dendrobium Buddha Tooth orchid plants and other orchid plants named after eminent sangha.
• Vairocana Buddha Prayer Wheel.
• Prayer Wheels originated from ‘The School of Shakyamuni sutra, volume 3.
• The five wisdom merits.
• Aksobhya Buddha of the Eastern Realm of Fragrance.
• Ratnaketu Buddha (or Buddha of Treasured Appearance) of the Southern Realm of Happiness.
• Amitabha Buddha (or Buddha of Limitless Life) of the Western Realm of Tranquillity and Bliss.
• Amoghasiddhi Buddha (or Buddha of Subtle Hearing), of the Northern August Realm of the Lotus.

Basement
• Nagapuspa Theatre – Multi-purpose Hall
• Five Insights Hall – Vegetarian Sponsor’s Dining Hall

Museum
The Buddhist Culture Museum
• Documents
• Collects
• Preserves
• Researches on Asian Buddhist artifacts
• Endeavoring to impart Dharma
• Promote Buddhist Culture
• Cultivates awareness and appreciation of Buddhist arts and culture
• It has artifacts from:
– China
– Korea
– Tibet
– Sri Lanka
– Southeast Asia
– Many other countries

Relic chamber
• Sarira, or what is commonly known as relic, is the spiritual energy left behind after the death of a sage, upon the cremation of his body.
• Sarira refers to the crystallization of solid remains of Buddha Sakyamuni or eminent sangha after their cremation.
• In the Relic Chamber, we showcase the sacred relics of Buddha, such as:
– bone relic
– intestine relic
– blood relic
– brain relic
– tongue relic

Location of Buddhist Culture Museum

• The Buddhist Culture Museum and Sacred Relic Chamber is situated on the Third Floor.
• Eminent Sangha museum is on the Mezzanine Floor.

Visiting Hours
– Buddhist Culture Museum and Relic Chamber
Daily from 9.00am – 7.00pm
– Emiment Sangha Museum
Daily from 7.00am – 7.00pm (coincides with the visiting hours of the temple)

Admission charges
• Visiting the Buddhist Culture Museum, Sacred Relic Chamber and the Emiment Sangha Museum is free of charge.
• You are most welcomed to donate any amount of appreciation into the donation boxes to help the museum to offset daily operating expenses.

Museum Etiquette

• Photography: Non-flash photography is permitted in the Buddhist Culture Museum and Eminent Sangha Museum.
• No food and beverages are allowed within the museum premises.
• For food and beverages, please visit our Lotus Heart Tea House situated on the Second Floor.
• Please refrain from running around the museum for your safety.
• Please do not touch or move any artifacts for your safety and to protect our artifacts.
• Please refrain from speaking loudly within the museum to avoid disturbances to other visitors.

Events of Singapore

– Singapore Food Festival
– Singapore Grand Prix
– Singapore Arts Festival
– Chingay Parade
– World Gourmet Summit
– ZoukOut
– Singapore Sun Festival
– Christmas
– Singapore Jewel Festival

Singapore has four official languages
– English
– Chinese
– Malay
– Tamil

Places to see in Singapore

1. Beaches and Tourist Resorts
• Three beaches on Sentosa and its southern islands.
• East Coast.

2. Culture and Cuisine
• Chinatown for Chinese treats
• Little India for Indian flavors
• Kampong Glam (Arab St) for a Malay/Arab experience
• East Coast for delicious seafood

3. History and Museums
• The Bras Basah area east of Orchard.
• North of the Singapore River: Singapore’s colonial core

4. Nature and wildlife
North and West
• Singapore Zoo
• Night Safari
• Jurong Bird Park
• Botanical Gardens
• Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
• Pulau Ubin, an island off the Changi Village in the east
• Tortoise and turtle sanctuary in the Chinese Gardens on the west side of town

5. Skyscrapers and Shopping
• Orchard Road
• Singapore River
• Bugis and Marina Bay

6. Places of Worship
• Vast Kong Meng San Phor Kark
• Monastery near Ang Mo Kio
• Colorful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple in Chinatown
• Psychedelic Burmese Buddhist Temple in Balestier
• Stately Masjid Sultan in Arab Street

Things to do in Singapore

• Golfing
• Surfing
• Scuba diving
• Ice skating
• Snow skiing
• Gambling
• Races
• Spas
• Swimming
• Water-skiing
• Wake-boarding
• Windsurfing
• Canoeing
• Cable-Skiing
• Wave surfing

Best time to visit/climate

– Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator.
– Weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons.
– Rain falls almost daily throughout the year.
– Most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January).
– Between May and October, forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze.
The temperature averages around:
– 30°C (84°F) daytime, 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January.
– 32°C (90°F) daytime, 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year.

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How to reach Singapore?

1. By Plane
• Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs.
• The easiest way to enter Singapore is by air in addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines.
• Its regional subsidiary is SilkAir.
• Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot.
• Changi airport: The country’s main airport and major regional hub status.
• Seletar Airport: Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport.

2. By Road
• Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.
• The Causeway is very popular.

3. By Bus
There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas.
Major operators include:
– Aeroline
– First Coach
– NiCE
– Transnasional
– Transtar

4. By Train
• Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu network.
• There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur.
• A day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM).
• Sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang.

5. By Boat
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
• HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
• Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
• Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
• Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.

6. Cruises
• Star Cruises offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia, departing from HarbourFront FT.
• Common destinations include: Malacca, Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Langkawi, Redang and Tioman in Malaysia, as well as Phuket,Krabi, Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand.
• There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia),Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong.

Some travel books from Amazon about Singapore

Lonely Planet Singapore Frommer’s Singapore Day by Day Malaysia and Singapore

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotels.online.com.sg
Hotels at expedia.co.in

Blogs / Sites about Singapore – Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum in Singapore

Blogs at yoursingapore.com
Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at tripadvisor.in
Blogs and reviews at btrts.org.sg

Images and photos of Singapore – Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum in Singapore

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