Singapore is popular tourist destination of the world and places of worship find special mention in Singapore Holiday packages. The top ten religious places of Singapore frequented by tourists from all over the world:
1.The Hindu temple at Little India in Singapore : Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple at Little India in Singapore is one of the oldest Hindu temples that dates back to 1881.The 60 feet Gopuram of the temple can be located from far and is known for its archaeological importance. The sculptures on the Gopuram depict seven avatars of Lord Vishnu. This Vishnu temple is a major tourist attraction to visitors of Singapore.
2. St Andrews Cathedral at Colonial Singapore : St Andrews Cathedral at Colonial Singapore dates its history back to 1834. The reconstruction of demolished church happened in 1851 in English Gothic fashion. The church was expanded in 1983 and bears a resemblance to Britain’s Netley Abbey. The interiors of the Church are designed in simple white and tainted glass windows. The church is located at St. Andrew’s road and is a frequented tourist place.
4.Armenian Church on Hill street :The Armenian Church is one of the oldest churches in Singapore. The church is designed by an Irish and is devoted to St Gregory the first Armenian Monk. The church represents the significant Armenian community of Singapore. The church welcomes its visitors with serene garden and Doric columns based on native Armenian style architecture.
5. Thian Hock Kheng Temple : The Chinese temple dedicated to goddess of sea Muzu, was built in 1821 by seamen for safe sea journeys. The Thian Hock Kheng temple was designed in traditional southern Chinese style and stands tall on Singaporean waterfront.
6.Sultan Mosque for the King of times : The Sultan Mosque was built by the first King (Sultan in Urdu) of Singapore with funding from East India Company. The mosque is the most impressionable structure of Singapore located at Kampong Glam district. The specialty of the mosque is its golden dome and a massive prayer hall where more than 5000 worshipers can offer prayer at a time.
7. Sri Veerammakaliamman temple dedicated to Goddess Kali : The temple is known for its spectacular Goppuram and eight other domes. The temple was constructed by Indian origin people, for their protection from natural and manmade calamities like war. The temple offered shelter to many people during Second World War. The admission to this temple is free and one can visit the place for its religious and cultural importance.
8. Healing at Thekchen Choling : This holy place of Tibetan origin fills once heart with religious healing chanting. This Tibetan- Chinese temple follows traditions of both faiths and is frequented for its peaceful calm spiritual healing. One can attend healing sessions at this temple for physical and spiritual peace.
9.St Joseph’s Church at Victoria street :The church is an architecture marvel built in the shape of Latin cross. The Catholic Church was built by a Portuguese Father Francisco de Silva and is frequented by Catholics from all over Singapore on Good Friday and a big procession is taken out on the church ground to commiserate crucifixion of Christ.
10. Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya temple :The Sakya Muni temple is the most visited Buddhist temple of Singapore also known as Temple of 1000 lights. The temple was built by a Thai monk and houses a 15 feet tall statue of Buddha surrounded by series of lights. At the hind side of the temple is reclining Buddha whose sheer size will leave you awe-struck.