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Sri Mariamman Temple in 360°
Sri Mariamman is Singapore's oldest Hindu temple, a major tourist attraction declared as a National Monument. It is an agamic temple, built in the Dravidian style, now serving mainly South Indian Tamil Hindu Singaporeans.
1. What to see
It was founded by Naraina Pillai, a government clerk from Penang who arrived in Singapore with Stamford Raffles in 1819. After several years of negotiations with British authorities regarding the exact location of the temple, it was finally built by 1827. The temple has been rebuilt multiple times, for example its three-tiered first entrance gate (gopuram) was replaced with a six-tiered one just after 20 years of its completion. Most of the currently visible structures of the temple date back to the 1860s.
The focus of the main prayer hall is the central shrine of Mariamman, which is flanked by the shrines of two secondary deities - Rama and Murugan.
The main prayer hall is surrounded by a series of free-standing shrines, housed in pavilion like structures with decorated dome roofs, known as Vimana. Another important element of the temple is the freestanding flagpole. A few days before major festivals or ritual ceremonies, a flag is raised here.
2. When to see
Sri Mariamman Temple is open daily 7am-noon, 6pm-9pm. There is no admission fee, but a photography ticket has to be purchased to take pictures inside.
4. How to get there
Most tourists visit Singapore on a package tour that allows them to spend 2-3 days in the city. Since this monument is located right in the middle of Chinatown area, it is very easy to get there.
5. Where to stay
There are plenty of hotels to stay in Singapore, the best ones are located either at the city center or at the Island of Sentosa.