Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery


The Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple is Singapore's biggest Buddhist monastery. Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple stands on 88 Bright Hill Road, Bishan. The Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple is the main place of worship and practice for Singapore's Buddhist community. The Monastery came to be known as the "Kong Meng San Phor Kark See" owing to its location at the Kong Meng San area.

History of the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

In the year 1920, the revered Zhuan Dao wanted to spread the Dharma among the masses and he also realized the need establishing a lodge for the Buddhist monks who at the time arrived in droves in Singapore. The Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple started acting as the first Chinese Buddhist Monastery in Singapore.

The Monastery came to be known as the "Kong Meng San Phor Kark See" owing to its location at the Kong Meng San area. The monastery started work in full pace, spreading and propagating Dharma. The revered Zhuan Deo died at the age of 72 in the year1943 at the Putuo monastery.

Hong Choon, the revered abbot of the monastery, along with his followers expanded and developed it, after he took over in 1947, and he made it the biggest and most grandeur place of worship in Singapore. He was the one who initiated the Great Compassion prayer every month and benefited many by propagating the Dharma.

The Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple transformed itself from a remote monastery into one of the famous and well-renowned monasteries. People from Singapore and Malaysia numbering over 6000, had for the past 20 years taken shelter in the temple's Triple Gem. The Sangha after visiting the monastery spread the news of the temple Everwhere. It's the main place of worship and practice for the Buddhists.

The Evergreen Bright Hill Home at the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
The Evergreen Bright Hill Home was built in the year 1980 with donation amounting to S$5.3 million from the company of He Hui Zhong's family, followers of the revered abbot Hong Choon. Ong Teng Cheong, the President of Singapore paid a visit to the Home and appreciated its facilities, nice services and its cleanliness.

The Hong Choon Memorial Hall of the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
The Hong Choon Memorial Hall built in 2004 is a recent addition to the temple and it is the main highlight of the temple. On the top floor of the hall there is a big bronze statue of the lord Buddha.

Abbots of the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
The revered abbot Hong Choon passed away on 25th December 1990 and it was a huge loss to the monastery. In the year 1991 the revered Van Pei took over the abbotship and he was followed by the revered Long Gen who became the abbot of the monastery in 1994.
The revered Sui Kim who was the abbot of the Hwa Zhang Temple and Xing Yuan Temple became the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Temple's fifth abbot. He passed away in 2005. The revered Kwang Sheng took over the abbotship of this monastery on the 5th of June, 2004.

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