Nan Hai Ming Zhu - Tianfu Gong
by Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan
About This Book
This large and richly illustrated volume is on the past and present history of the Thian Hock Keng (Tianfu gong), Singapore's oldest Chinese temple. The construction of the temple began in 1838 and was completed in 1840.
The book begins with a brief introduction to history of the Chinese in Singapore. This is followed by an overview of the construction of the temple and the keenly awaited arrival from China of the temple's main deity, Mazu. There are detailed studies on temple architectural ornaments, religious images and objects, steles, and a scroll gifted in 1907 by Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty. The temple's significance in 21st-century Singapore is also considered. Other subjects discussed include the temple's role as an early provider of Chinese education, its ties with clan associations, the gazetting of the temple as a National Monument in 1973, and renovations undertaken 1998-2000. In Chinese.
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