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The Ancient and the Classic [explored] | by Splice Studios Singapore
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The Ancient and the Classic [explored]

Standing in the courtyard of the beautiful Thian Hock Keng Temple in Singapore's Chinatown, you can see the intricate tiling on the floor that identifies the different areas around the altars and the prayer hall. Even in the middle of a busy weekday afternoon, devotees can find solace here.


It is the oldest Hokkien temple in the country, and the main temple, where this image was shot, is dedicated to the Taoist goddess of the sea and protector of all seamen, Mazu, significant for Singapore's origins as a port with many traders using the island as a gateway to other points in South Asia. It was gazetted by the Singapore government as a national monument in July 1973.


It was an overcast mid-afternoon Friday with light rain falling when this shot was taken, but the wide-open courtyards allowed plenty of light on to the tiled flooring. The microphone was gently placed on the wooden threshold at the front entrance of the temple, with the camera about 30cm off the ground and level with the top of the microphone.


Information on the temple courtesy of

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Taken on January 24, 2013