30 - 45 Min
The Sri Mariamman Temple is Singapore's oldest Hindu temple. It is an agamic temple, built in the Dravidian style. Located at 244 South Bridge Road, in the downtown Chinatown district, the temple serves the majority Hindu Singaporeans, Tamilians, in the city-state. Established by Indian pioneer Naraina Pillai (or Narayana Pillay) in 1827, the original wood-and-attap temple was replaced with a brick structure in 1843. The temple was gazetted as a national monument on 28 June 1973.
Pillai, who had migrated to Singapore in 1819, suffered a great business loss in 1822 when a fire destroyed his shop at Cross Street. With the assistance of Sir Stamford Raffles, he revived his business, becoming one of the first traders to move into Commercial Square (now Raffles Place). In gratitude, he built the temple dedicated to the goddess Mariamman, curer of diseases, in 1827. It was marked out as “Kling Temple” in Lieutenant Philip Jackson's first town plan of Singapore. In 1843, this wood-and-attap temple was replaced with a brick structure built using Indian convict labor. It served as an early registry of marriages for Hindus. The temple has since undergone several rounds of renovations and additions. Much of the present building is believed to date from 1862-63, constructed by Indian and Chinese craftsmen.
- No shorts or sleeveless allowed. ladies should be covered from shoulder to ankle. They do provide shawls and sarongs for visitors that do not meet the dress code.
- It is best to avoid anything too tight, too short and too revealing. Generally, it is better to wear too much rather than too little when visiting a temple.
- Footwear should be removed outside the temple.
- Do not sit with feet pointing toward the Deities, the priests or another person.
|January to December|
|Monday||05:30 AM - 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM -09:00 PM|
|Tuesday||05:30 AM - 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM -09:00 PM|
|Wednesday||05:30 AM - 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM -09:00 PM|
|Thursday||05:30 AM - 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM -09:00 PM|
|Friday||05:30 AM - 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM -09:00 PM|
|Saturday||05:30 AM - 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM -09:00 PM|
|Sunday||05:30 AM - 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM -09:00 PM|
|Last Admission||Morning 11:50 AM - evening 08:50 PM|
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