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Fo Shan Ting Da Bo Gong Temple  

  Singapore , Singapore.
FREE

  • Spiritual
    Category
    Spiritual
  • duration
    Duration
    20 - 30 Minutes
  • mobile_voucher
    Mobile Voucher
    Accepted
  • accepts donations
    Donation
    Accepts
  • bird spotting
    Bird spotting
    Zone
  • parking
    Parking
    Available
  • baby friendly
    Couple
    Friendly
  • ExploreBees
    Baby
    Friendly
  • restroom
    Restroom
    Available
  • sitting area
    Sitting Area
    Available
  • footwear counter
    Footwear Counter
    Available
  • prayer room
    Prayer room
    Available
  • cctv
    Cctv
    Available
  • security guard
    Security guard
    Available
  • dustbin
    Dustbin
    Available

Ticket

  • free entry
    free entry
  • adult ticket
    Adult
    FREE
  • children ticket
    Children
    FREE
  • mobile camera
    Mobile Camera
    FREE
  • still camera
    still camera
    FREE
  • video camera
    Video Camera
    FREE

Description

Located on Kusu island is the popular Chinese temple - Da Bo Gong 大伯公 or Tua Pek Kong (Grand Uncle). Built-in 1923 by a wealthy businessman, the temple houses two main deities - the Da Bo Gong and Guan Yin 观音 (Goddess of Mercy). The former is highly regarded as having the power to confer prosperity, cure diseases, calm the sea and avert danger, while Guan Yin is known as the 'giver of sons'.  this temple was built to serve and provide convenient access for residents living in the center, especially those who have difficulties moving around. Between the 1950s and early 1970s, the population of the island was about 2,000 when quarrying activity was at its peak. Three-quarters of the residents were Chinese, one quarter was Malay and the rest were Indian.

At the top of the rugged hillock on Kusu Island stands three kramats (or holy shrines of Malay saints) to commemorate a pious man (Syed Abdul Rahman), his mother (Nenek Ghalib) and sister (Puteri Fatimah) who lived in the 19th century. Many devotees will climb the 152 steps leading to the kramats to pray for wealth, a good marriage, good health, and harmony. The shrines are also popular with childless couples who would pray for children.

During such festivities, hawkers would set up street stalls, and traditional wayang or opera were performed on the stage. These were opportunities for villagers to meet and catch up with one another. Children also enjoyed the celebrations as they get to snacks on tidbits that they would not usually eat and stay out with their friends till late.  The temple and wayang stage continue to host festival celebrations for the villagers even now. One of the biggest festivities on the island is the celebration of the deity Tua Peh Kong’s birthday, a 5-day event of Chinese opera performances, which culminate in a modern “Getai” performance on the last night!  Many old villagers often return, some bringing their grandchildren, to join in the celebrations and pass on this tradition.


Operational Hours

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Last Admission

Things to carry

  • id card
    Id card
  • camera
    camera
  • selfi stick
    Selfi stick
  • water bottle
    Water bottle
  • sunglasses
    Sunglasses
  • cap
    Cap
  • medicine
    Medicine
  • sun cream
    Sunscreen
  • power bank
    Power Bank

Things Not Allowed

  • no alcohol
    alcohol
  • no footware
    Footwear
  • no weapons
    Weapons
  • no parking
    Parking
  • no pets
    Pets
  • no skate board
    Skate board
  • no smoking
    Smoking
  • no plastic bag
    Plastic Bag

Near By

  • restaurant
    Restaurant
    0.1 KM

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