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Four temples co-exist peacefully in Jalan Kayu

They share a 2,000 sq m plot after having to vacate their old premises Streetview is a weekly series that focuses on the goings-on in your neighbourhood. Is there anything new or interesting happening around you? Let us know at stnewsdesk@sph.com.sg

Published on Nov 9, 2012 6:00 AM
 

Smack on the edge of a new HDB development at the corner of Sengkang West Avenue and Jalan Kayu sits a temple complex. It has been home to not one, but four temples, since late last year.

In December 2006, those in charge of three Taoist and one Buddhist temple decided to join hands to lease a 2,000 sq m plot of land from the HDB.

The Chong Yee, Leong Nam and Bao Gong Taoist temples and the Ubin Thai Buddhist temple had to vacate their previous premises for various reasons.

Ubin Thai's treasurer Ng Khoon Wee, 52, said his temple had to vacate its building on state land in Pulau Ubin when the Ministry of National Development decided in 2006 to reopen a granite quarry there.

 
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Background story

CALL FOR TOLERANCE

The noise does echo because of the way the HDB blocks here are built. But these cultural traditions are unavoidable. We should have mutual understanding and respect.

- Fernvale resident Jeffrey Lek


Temple histories

BAO GONG TEMPLE

1950s: Starts in Bukit Panjang after a worshipper returns from China with a statue of legendary official Bao Gong

1970s: Moves to a temple in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1

1980s: Moves to a temple in Toa Payoh Lorong 7

June 2011: Moves to Jalan Kayu

LEONG NAM TEMPLE

1950s: Begins as a village temple in Jalan Pasar Baru near Paya Lebar

2005: Moves temporarily to a Geylang Lorong 25 temple; it holds big events in a tent next to Eunos MRT station

October 2011: Moves to Jalan Kayu

UBIN THAI BUDDHIST TEMPLE

1980s: Starts in an attap hut in Pulau Ubin. Later builds a temple in Jalan Wat Siam on the island

2007: Moves away from Pulau Ubin to a temporary temple in Jalan Kayu

October 2011: Moves into Jalan Kayu temple once construction is completed CHONG YEE TEMPLE

1960s: Begins as a temple in the Ju Eng kampung in the Seletar area; remains in Sengkang West Farmway 6 until Government reclaims land to build a road

November 2011: Moves to Jalan Kayu