Jin Long Si Temple

Jin Long Si Temple
金龙寺
Monastery information
Full name Jin Long Si Temple
Order Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism
Established 1941
Site
Location Tai Seng, Singapore

Jin Long Si Temple (simplified Chinese: 金龙寺; traditional Chinese: 金龍寺; pinyin: Jīnlóng Sì) is a temple located at 32 Tai Seng Avenue, Singapore.

Contents

  • History of old Lorong How Sun Site 1
    • Bodhi Tree 1.1
    • Relocation 1.2
  • Modern Day 2
  • References 3

History of old Lorong How Sun Site[1]

Jin Long Si Temple, originally known as Jin Long Miao, was constituted under a trust and established as a religious and charity mission in 1941,[2] with funds and donations from philanthropic Chinese merchants. The temple started off as an attap hut on a land around Bartley donated by a grateful devotee. It was later rebuilt by Wan Guan Lin into a zinc-roof and wooden structure, while devotees had constructed a huge statue of the Laughing Buddha out of saw dust, a pagoda and also a pavilion with the life-size figure of their patron deity, Nan Wu Wu Ji Sheng Mu.

While the temple at Lorong How Sun was basically a Chinese Mahayana Buddhist temple, its teachings was a fusion of the "san-jiao" (three religion) derived mainly from Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. The temple also had many unique Taoist deities like Nan Wu Wu Ji Sheng Mu and Pan Gu (盘古).[2] Occupying an area of 1,840 square metres, the temple had approximately 4,000 regular worshippers and more than 300 registered members.

Bodhi Tree[3]

The Bodhi tree at the Lorong How Sun Site was one of the twelve seeds that were brought by monks from Sri Lanka in the nineteenth century. It has an age of approximately 120 years (as of 2007), is over 30 metres tall and has a girth of 8.5 metres, which is considered to be the most ancient and largest Bodhi tree in Singapore according to verifications made by the Nature Society Singapore (NSS) and National Parks Board (Nparks) separately.[2] Its roots are deeply embedded into the slope of the hill where the temple is located and even extended to the inner recesses of the temple premises; any land development at the tree's location has a high likelihood of causing soil movement and undue stress to the tree roots. Due to its ancient age and its symbiotic relationship with the temple, both the NSS and Nparks have recommended the Bodhi tree to be preserved as a 'Heritage Tree' after their findings. Trees that are classified as 'Heritage Tree' cannot be cut down and are protected with lightning conductors with money from the Heritage Trees Fund. A panel of officials and nature-loving volunteers decide if a tree should be placed on the register, based on its appearance, height and girth, as well as its social, historical and educational significance.[4]

Relocation

On 20 January 2003, the The Straits Times that the temple regularly sponsors functions for its next door neighbour, the Ramakrishna Mission Home for orphans and wayward boys. To reciprocate their kindness, the home opened its gates for the devotees to take a short cut through its premises for those walking uphill to the temple.[9]

In January 2008, a legal suit, denoted Eng Foong Ho v. Attorney-General, was filed by three devotees to save the temple site from government acquisition, alleging that it was in violation of the Constitution. The case was dismissed by the High Court on 25 February 2008 on the grounds that "the devotees had no standing to make the application".[10] The temple was given two months to relocate to a temporary site, and subsequently to a permanent home in Tai Seng Avenue. The temple's land is to be merged with state land next to it, for sale in the second half of 2008, while the Bodhi tree will be retained by imposing for its preservation as part of the tender conditions for the redevelopment of the site[10][11][12]

Modern Day

As of today, Jing Long Si has relocated its premises on a plot of land at 32 Tai Seng Ave, Singapore.

References

  1. ^ "Jing Long Si Temple is a place in Singapore or JB on the Map of Singapore". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Jin Long Si 金龙寺". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jin Long Si Temple - Bodhi tree". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  4. ^ "NParks starts register to track rising number of heritage trees", The Straits Times., 23 April 2006.
  5. ^ Karamjit Kaur, "Temple to go to make way for MRT Circle Line", The Straits Times, 21 January 2003.
  6. ^ Arti Mulchand, "100-year-old tree may save temple", The Straits Times, 21 April 2006
  7. ^ Tan Hui Yee, "Visitors flock to save revered Bodhi Tree", The Straits Times, 19 August 2006.
  8. ^ "More Pictures of Jin Long Si Temple & Its Bodhi Tree". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  9. ^ "Homing in on harmony", The Straits Times, 30 March 2007.
  10. ^ a b Peh Shing Huei, "High Court dismisses bid to save temple site", The Straits Times, 26 February 2008.
  11. ^ "Land acquisition case - Jin Long Si Temple case". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
  12. ^ "High Court dismisses bid to save temple site but Bodhi tree to be saved". Retrieved 2 Dec 2013. 
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