The Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple (Chinese: 释迦牟尼菩提迦耶寺) is one of the most prominent and widely visited Buddhist temples in Singapore, often referred to as the Temple of 1,000 Lights. It features a 15-meter high statue of a seated Buddha, which weighs nearly 300 tons, as well as many smaller Buddha images and murals depicting the life of Shakyamuni Buddha. The large central statue is surrounded by a stylized aura made of numerous light bulbs--often lit during evening hours--from which the temple derives its nickname. In a small room beneath the altar is an image of a reclining Buddha, Buddha towards the end of his life, under a Yellow Seraka Tree.
The Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple was founded in 1927 by a Thai
monk called Vutthisara
On Vesak Day, the annual holiday celebrating the birth and
enlightenment of the
Buddha, devotees donate money to the temple and in exchange are
allowed to place gold leaf onto a small
statue of the Buddha. As the day wears on, the Buddha is almost
entirely covered in a fresh layer of gold leaf.
There are strong Thai influences in the architecture and
The temple is open between 8.00 am and 4.45 pm daily. Admission