Donations for the construction of the temple came from all over South East Asia. The place is nice to understand Buddhist monasteries in general. Although the temple underwent extensive restoration under guidance of the experts of China, it continues to function as a monastery.
The Temple was designated as a national monument in 1980.
The layout of the temple is similar to most Chinese Mahayana monasteries. It holds huge incense burners and a beautifully carved Buddha idol brought from Thailand. The temple's beauty is now enhanced by a seven storey gold-topped pagoda which is a replica of the 800 year old Shanfeng temple pagoda in Fujian in China.
The buildings in the temple complex include the Dharma Hall, a main prayer hall, as well as drum and bell towers. The complex is constructed in such as way that no matter how vast the grounds are, any monk can find his way around. Granite wall panels carved with scenes from Chinese history enhance the beauty of the entrance hall. In the back portion of the temple is a shrine to Kuan Yin, goddess of mercy. The prayer hall has been adorned with fantastic details in the ceiling and wooden panels. In the back is a shrine to Kuan Yin, goddess of mercy.
The temple was built after approximate 80 years after the founding of modern Singapore. The constructed was initiated by a local businessman Low Kim pong. Style of a cong lin monastery has been followed in building the monastery. Originally construction of the temple was modeled after the Xichang temple in Fujian province, but it has been built in uniquely Singaporean way.
Siong Lim Temple
Toa Payoh, Singapore