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Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple

Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple

The Temple of a Thousand Lights

One of the most prominent and widely visited Buddhist temples in Singapore, The Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple is often referred to as the Temple of 1,000 Lights. Founded in 1927 by a Thai monk called Vutthisara, you’ll notice the strong Thai influences in the architecture and décor. Walk into the temple and you’ll immediately notice the majestic 15-metre high statue of Buddha, surrounded by a seemingly endless chain of lights. 

At the base of the statue is a fresco depicting important events in Buddha's life. In a chamber at the back of the statue, you‘ll also find the image of the reclining Buddha that must be seen to be believed. It’s a powerful figure that is not just worth taking many snapshots of, but its sheer size will simply awe and inspire not just devotees, but anyone who can appreciate marvellous architecture.

Essential Information

Opening hours
Daily 8am - 4.45pm
Admission fee
Free admission
Free admission, Family friendly
Good for
Culture, History, Local Flavour
Recommended for
Buddha statue


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366 Race Course Rd Singapore 218636
Phone(65) 6294 0714
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