If you’re bound for Singapore soon and you want to take great photos, visit the Sri Mariamman Temple in Chinatown, Singapore. The Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. Ever since it was constructed, the Sri Mariamman Temple in Singapore serves as a refuge especially for new South Indian Tamil Hindu immigrants.
The temple is considered an agamic temple, built in the Dravidian style in 1827. It was founded by Naraina Pillai, 8 years after the British East India Company started a trading settlement in Singapore. Apart from providing worship and other religious services, the Sri Mariamman Temple also highlights cultural, educational as well as social activities for Hindus in Singapore. The temple is managed by the Hindu Endowments Board.
The Sri Mariamman Temple is pretty easy to locate in Singapore. It’s right in the heart of the Chinatown district and is one of the city’s major tourist attractions. Should you decide to stay at Pillows and Toast Inn Singapore (where I’ve already stayed twice now!), you can just walk towards the end of Mosque Street and follow South Bridge Road until you find Sri Mariamman Temple. It’s just about 3 blocks away from the hostel 🙂
Now if you take the MRT, you can stop at the Chinatown MRT station. Take the Pagoda Street Exit. Walk towards the end of Pagoda Street (about 300 steps, if I’m not mistaken) – you will reach South Bridge Road.
The Singapore Sri Mariamman Temple is at No. 244. It’s hard to miss the temple — you can see this at the entrance: (by the way, no shoes are allowed inside the temple)
This is what you’ll see at the end of Pagoda Street:
Here’s a map of the Sri Mariamman Temple in Chinatown, Singapore: