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Toa Payoh merchants to restore Buddhist tree shrine

Association raises $70k to renovate shrine destroyed in storm last year

Published on May 2, 2014 8:09 AM
Toa Payoh Central Merchants’ Association vice-chairmen Lim Her Chang and Lim Kok Siong are among business owners who have stepped up to restore the shrine, which pre-dates the HDB estate. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

A group of Toa Payoh merchants have banded together to restore a damaged Buddhist shrine at the foot of a tree that is believed to be divine.

The shrine, which houses statutes of the Goddess of Mercy and the four-faced Buddha, will get a new coat of paint, brighter lights and new flooring.

Funds for the renovation effort, estimated to cost about $70,000, came from members of the association and devotees.

The money will also go towards installing fencing and steel cables to stabilise the remnants of the tree, which toppled after a storm last September.

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