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New lease of life for Yueh Hai Ching temple, Singapore's oldest Teochew temple

$7.5m makeover returns ornate national monument in city to former glory

Published on Mar 15, 2014 8:06 AM

More than two years and a $7.5 million makeover later, Singapore's oldest Teochew temple is ready for a new beginning.

The Yueh Hai Ching temple on Phillip Street will officially re-open on March 31 after an extensive restoration, which involved 45 craftsmen from Swatow, China.

The temple's gold gilding has been conserved, its timber structure restored and its once-dark prayer halls now infused with gentle lighting.

But one of the main highlights of the project is the restoration of the 120 colourful ceramic figurines, which depict scenes from Chinese classics such as The Three Kingdoms, on the temple's roof.

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