Make a quick stop at the Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore's oldest Hindu temple that dates back to 1827. Located in Chinatown, Mariamman Kovil or Kling Street Temple as it was popularly known then was constructed by immigrants from the Nagapatnam and Cuddalore districts of South India.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, known for her power to cure epidemic illnesses and diseases. When you get here, observe the majestic gopuram (gate tower), which is covered with figurative sculptures of gods and goddesses and mythological beasts, an easily recognisable landmark to generations of Hindu worshippers and Singaporeans alike.
During the colonial period, the temple served as an important focal point for community activities and acted as the Registry of Marriages for Hindus at the time when only the temple's priest was authorised to solemnise Hindu marriages. The Theemithi (fire walking ceremony), one of the main festivals celebrated at the temple, is held annually around October and November each year.