Sasanaransi Buddhist Temple, Singapore

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The Burmese Buddhist Temple is the oldest Theravada institution and the only Burmese Buddhist temple of its kind in Singapore. Founded in 1875, the temple moved from its original Kinta Road premises to Tai Gin Road in Novena in 1988. The temple houses the largest pure white marble statue of the Buddha outside Myanmar, and has become a religious landmark for Burmese and Singaporean devotees to make merit and take part in merit-sharing activities alike.
The Burmese Buddhist Temple was founded by a Burmese man named U Thar Hnin, also known as Tang Sooay Chin, at 17 Kinta Road in 1875. In 1878, U Thar Hnin donated the temple to U Kyaw Gaung, a traditional Burmese physician. The temple houses the largest pure white marble statue of the Buddha outside of Myanmar. It is also the only Burmese Buddhist temple built outside of Myanmar in the traditional Burmese architectural style.
A missionU Kyaw Gaung, also known as Khoo Teogou, was born in Mandalay, Myanmar in 1866. He arrived in Singapore at an early age and was later joined by his wife Daw Khin Mae and their three children. Coming from a land of great Buddhist influence, it was U Kyaw Gaung's ambition to introduce Theravada Buddhism in Singapore.
In 1907, he was elected as trustee of the temple. While administering the temple, he dreamt of acquiring a sizable marble Buddha statue such as those seen in Myanmar. Undaunted by limited funds, U Kyaw Gaung pledged to carry out the mammoth task. He raised funds from his own earnings and public donations. After several trips to Myanmar, an immense piece of marble weighing more than 10 tons from Sagyin Hill, north of Mandalay, was sighted. Sagyin Hill was famous in Myanmar for its superior quality marble. The stone was bought for Rs1,200 and delivered to Mandalay, a city reputed for its skilled craftsmanship. Eventually, a Buddha image measuring in height was sculpted out from the stone in 1918.
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  • This was a pretty boring temple. It does not have much to offer; a tiny temple with not much to see. For sure, pass by if you are around but not a trip on it’s own.  more »
  • Excellent if you like religious architecture. Dramatic colours and sculptures featured here. Very peaceful.  more »
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  • Great experience at the peaceful Burmese Buddhist Centre in Singapore. Head here to learn about Buddhism, attend classes and speak to the monks to ask any questions you may have. You can freely roam around to see what's on offer and pray if you are a believer.
  • The biggest Burmese Buddhist temple in Singapore and founded in 1875 by U Tha Hnin (ဦးသာနှင်း), a Burmese merchant who lived in Singapore. Here is the brief history of the donar of the statue according to the script displayed in the temple. A biggest marble statue of Buddha in the the island was donated by U Kyaw Gaung (ဦးကျော်ဂေါင်) (1866-1935)(also known as Koh Chi Gao). As a traditional physician, he arrived Singapore in 1866 and settled down with his family. He had an ambition to introduce Theravada Buddhism in Singapore. In 1907, he was elected as Trustee for the Burmese Buddhist Temple founded by Tha Hnin in 1875. While caring for the temple, he had dreamed of acquiring a sizcable marble Buddha statue such as that seen in Burma. An immense marble weights at that 10 tons from Saygin Hill, 50km north of Mandalay was bought and subsequently brought to Mandalay for its skilled panda craftsmanship. Eventually, a Buddha image measuring cleven leet in height was immaculately sculptured out from that stone in 1918. Travelling about 2500km land and sea journey, he successfully transported the newly completed Buddha statue to Singapore in 1921. U Kyaw Guung passed away in 1935 at the age of 69.
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