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Fu Tak Chi Museum

Fu Tak Chi Museum (24)

You are looking at one of the most important examples of Singapore's heritage: the oldest Chinese temple in the city, now converted into a tourist attraction and part of the Far East Square.

A small and modest building, the Fuk Tak Chi Temple was built in 1820, after the founding of Singapore as a modern city. In 1825 it was rebuilt as a Shinto temple (a combination of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism) and dedicated to Tua Pek Kong, the god of wealth and protector of the poor. Soon, this sanctuary became one of the first stops for Chinese immigrants arriving in the city, to give thanks for a safe journey.

Since 1998, the temple serves as a museum which displays hundreds of objects that have been collected by residents of Chinatown over the years. The variety of gadgets shown here will help you imagine the lives of Singapore’s first Chinese immigrants. 

Although the building ‘s religious function was abandoned when it was turned into a museum, the Chinese and Malaysian craftsmen who restored it, did so with a lot of commitment and caring so as to best recreate the temple’s original spirit.

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