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Tang Gah Beo is a Taoist temple named after one of the five holy Chinese mountains. It is located at 6 Purmei Road in the Kampong Bahru area. Built in 1908, it is right next door to the St. Theresa Church. The Silat Road Sikh Gurdwara is not too far off. This temple has a traditional entrance with a courtyard, with steps leading to this main door. The main deity is the East Peak Emperor, one of the highest ranking gods responsible for Diyu (underworld). The structural elements of the single storey halls are of brick load-bearing walls and timber roof beams and brackets system. A lot of the adornments consist of dragons and other symbols of luck and longevity. Also seen are some rather richly carved timber frames on the altars. The architecture is considered a good example of feng shui, and owing to the close proximity to the church, it is also an illustration of religious harmony co-existence in Singapore.

 

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Tang Gah Beo is a Taoist temple named after one of the five holy Chinese mountains. It is located at 6 Purmei Road in the Kampong Bahru area. Built in 1908, it is right next door to the St. Theresa Church. The Silat Road Sikh Gurdwara is not too far off. This temple has a traditional entrance with a courtyard, with steps leading to this main door. The main deity is the East Peak Emperor, one of the highest ranking gods responsible for Diyu (underworld). The structural elements of the single storey halls are of brick load-bearing walls and timber roof beams and brackets system. A lot of the adornments consist of dragons and other symbols of luck and longevity. Also seen are some rather richly carved timber frames on the altars. The architecture is considered a good example of feng shui, and owing to the close proximity to the church, it is also an illustration of religious harmony co-existence in Singapore.

 

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comments (15)

  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 28 May 2016, 06:49
You show this from a great angle. What a lot of wonderful decorations and colours.
I do wonder about those two 'piglets' on both sides. The look like they come from 'my little pony'?
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Astrid.
My guess would be that the stickies on either side of a main door are for ushering in the Year of the Horse, which was one and half years ago if I recall correctly. I only now realized I chopped off the rear of the right horse.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 May 2016, 06:53
I like your point of view; it gives us a good view if the interior, too. I'm puzzled by the pig-like stickies either side of the doorway, though. I assume that they are nothing to do with temple itself.
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Alan. My guess would be that the stickies on either side of a main door are for ushering in the Year of the Horse, which was one and half years ago if I recall correctly. I only now realized I chopped off the rear of the right horse. So in that sense you are right in saying they have nothing to do with the temple.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 May 2016, 07:24
A vivid photo Ayush, thank you for the explanation
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the comment, Chris.
A superb POV Ayush! Thank you for your explanations.
Ayush Basu: I am pleased with your remark, Richard.
I like the post box on the door frame smile
Ayush Basu: For pilgrims to send in prayers perhaps, Bill? What next, an email/twitter/instagram account of the deities?
I am trying to understand your POV.
Ayush Basu: The wide angle lens allows me to get some really up close angles of proceedings, Mary.
it's a beautiful temple Ayush... i love your point of view....petersmile
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the kind remark, Peter. The wide angle lens helped in that. I was initially waiting for the gentleman to finish his prayer but realized that he was an integral part of this scene.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 May 2016, 18:48
Nice low angle, gives it great dynamism
Ayush Basu: Thank you. I am pleased with your remark smile
Not sure if I have been to this one...
Ayush Basu: Probably not, LC. This is not so "high profile" such as the temples of Chinatown or Little India.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 May 2016, 02:29
Love the strong colours here, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Think I went overboard with the saturation settings, Ray. And I know that the display monitor at my home is an uncalibrated one.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 29 May 2016, 03:24
Magnifique, j'adore toutes ces couleurs vives.
Ayush Basu: Merci beaucoup. le temple a bon état
Thank you, Martine. The temple is well maintained.
A great angle...
Ayush Basu: The wide angle lens offers more room for playing around with the view, Larry. Thank you.
It is beautiful, Ayush - and a wonderful shot. Thank you so much for the history!
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the comment, Elizabeth. These temples are well maintained and renovated regularly.
Good that the two completely different faiths can exist next door to each other.
Ayush Basu: As a matter of fact, it is seen in some other spots too, Brian. Not too far from where I live, there is a Hindu temple standing next to a Catholic church and I was told that visitors to any one of them are allowed to park at the other side.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 2 Jun 2016, 02:19
All the right angles and wonderful symmetry. Gorgeous.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Bonnie. And my apologies for the delayed response.

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