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Kwan Im Tong Hood Cho Temple
Sri Krishna HIndu Temple
Sri Krishna HIndu Temple
Brahma - Hindu God with New Gold Leaf added to Face
Brahma - Hindu Aspect of the Divine that Chinese & The People of Thailand Like
Tie a Red Ribbon on K'ung-fu-tzu for Good Luck
Leong San Temple
Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple
Garden With Tibetan Prayer Wheel - Temple of the Tooth - Chinese Buddhist
Art from the Upstairs Museum of the Temple of the Tooth
The Temple of the Tooth Chinese Buddhist Temple
Temple of the Tooth
Chinatown - Singapore - During Chinese New Year
Chinatown - Singapore - During Chinese New Year
Sri Krihna Hindu Temple
Purchase a Red Ribbon & Tie it on a Statue of a Great Being
Lucky Red Ribbons tied around Chinese  Sage
Wish Fulfilling Red Ribbons Tied on a Great Sage
Singapore is Moving ahead with Progressive Ideas
Christmas at a Singapore Mall
Christmas at a Singapore Mall
Cheerful Colors Uplift Everyones' Spirits
Sidewalk Shrine of Brahma (Hindu )
Beautifully Rennovated Old Building
Singapore uses Paint to Lift the Spirits of the People & Bring Joy Without a Lot of Cost

If you ever wondered what modern cities in the United States, the British Commonwealth and Europe would look like if they  
utilized urban planners, Singapore is your answer. It is one of the best planned cities in the world, logical, practical with  
great mass transit, wise use of harbor areas and lush plantings of trees and gardens that make the city a lot more than  an  
urban ghetto. Singaporean landlords also uplift the spirits of the public by using fresh, bright and contrasting paint on  
buildings. In a world that is becoming increasingly drab, this is a psychological lift.

The Following Descriptions of Spiritual Places are of Eastern traditions although there are both churches and synogogues  
in Singapore as well.

Singapore is a multicultural city like neighboring Malaysia, with a primary population base of  Chinese, Malay and South  
Indians. Religious and spiritual traditions cross ethnic lines. All neighborhoods regardless of ethnicity are clean, trashless  
and neat - think Geneva and Beirut.  It is vastly attractive and there are plenty of Chinese Temples (Buddhist and  
Traditional), Mosques (Malay, Indian with a Turkish Sufi neighborhood thrown in), Hindu Temples and various Churches as  
well as, Synagogues. In fact, we stayed in a hotel overlooking a Tibetan Temple whose congregation is entirely Chinese  
without any Tibetans whatsoever.

If you arrive by the airport, there are airport vans that will take you directly to any hotel, (except those on Santosa Island) for  
8 Singapore dollars per person. Drivers, government clerks and the people are always polite and kind. The Founders visited  
the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple during a Murugan celebration and were unexpectedly, but festively guided to banquet  
tables and seated where they were generously served a  multi-course meal by only men who were devotees. The hearts of  
people in spiritual and religious places in Singapore are exceedingly generous and they do not put business (as some  
people think of Singaporeans) above human relations, kindness or humor.

The Singapore government holds a strong belief in communications. They leave little to chance. It is not hard to become a  
native if you just follow the signs. Signs will tell you in three different languages, just what to do or not do and where to go or  
not go. This is the most organized city we've ever been in.  For example, if you have a backpack, you will find on all metro  
cars, a sign telling you to be polite and take your backpack off  so you don't knock a fellow passenger in the face. In the  
event, that you do not understand the language the sign is written in, there is (in this case) a drawing with a tall person  
having a backpack on their back turning and hitting a shorter individual in the face with it. If you, like ourselves, are a big  
believer in communications, considerate and thoughtful behavior throughout all shared public life, Singapore could be your  
paradise on earth. (Although we have to wonder just how many Westerners with backpacks have hit Singaporeans in face  
before this sign was designed and located throughout the entire metro system.)  Don't get us wrong, we think the Singapore  
authorities have the right idea and we can think of hundreds of cities throughout the world, such signage would definitely  
There are many, many sights in Singapore but the outdoor mall area between Bencoolen St & Queen St. with the  Kwan Im  
Thong Hood Cho Temple and Sri Krishna (Hindu) Temple is an engaging and fun area filled with “Good Luck” opportunities.

These opportunities are presented in the form of lighting incense, donating small change, buying a red ribbon to decorate a  
statue of a Holy Personage;  Brahma, K'ung-fu-tzu,  (otherwise known as Confucius)  or even rubbing the belly of a Buddha  
in front of any number of shops. Any of these acts or a number of these acts could bring you all sorts of  luck. Of all people  
on the planet, the Chinese are possibly the biggest believers in “Luck” despite the fact (or possibly because of it)  they are  
usually nose-to-the-grindstone exceptionally hard workers.

Old Chinatown is a wonderful area with a South Indian Mosque going back to 1826 where you can speak with Haniff Sultan,  
the open-hearted Mosque Officer, available to help explain any thing about the mosque to visitors. Also in China Town is the  
not to be missed  beautiful, penultimate Chinese Temple - The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple with the incorporation of a  
Tibetan prayer wheel in the garden and an exquisite Buddhist Museum with donated objects from around the world.   

The Sultan Mosque in Singapore on Arab Street needs mentioning because many Malay attend it and it attracts an  
international crowd, including people from non-Arab  Africa. It was undergoing renovations so Embrace was unable to take  
photos of it.  However, this is the neighborhood where you will find lovers of the Mevlana Celaleddin (Jelaleddin) Rumi, the  
Turkish Sufi and founder of the Mawlawiya Order (often known as the “Whirling Dervishes”).
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