Chinatown

20 January 2018, Chinatown and Singapore Airport, Singapore

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Bhudda Tooth Temple, Butterfly, Chinatown, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, Singapore, Street photography, Travel

Here we are inside the Buddha Tooth Temple.

Our plane was due to leave in the afternoon so we had some free time in the morning and decided to wander around Chinatown.    The Buddha Tooth Temple is very recent, dating only from 2007, although built in the style of the Tang Dynasty.  The name comes from a tooth of the Buddha supposedly discovered in 1980 in a collapsed stupa in Myanmar.  Rather reminiscent in this respect of mediæval Christianity.

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Bhudda Tooth Temple, Butterfly, Chinatown, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, Singapore, Street photography, Travel

In a large hall, many people were chanting to musical accompaniment.  I don’t know whether this was a special event or happens regularly.

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Bhudda Tooth Temple, Butterfly, Chinatown, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, Singapore, Street photography, Travel

A school group posing for a photo outside the temple.

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Bhudda Tooth Temple, Butterfly, Chinatown, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, Singapore, Street photography, Travel

On the roof there was a garden…

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Bhudda Tooth Temple, Butterfly, Chinatown, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, Singapore, Street photography, Travel

… along with a very large revolving prayer wheel.

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Bhudda Tooth Temple, Butterfly, Chinatown, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, Singapore, Street photography, Travel

Three streets nearby are for pedestrians only.

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Bhudda Tooth Temple, Butterfly, Chinatown, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, Singapore, Street photography, Travel

Singapore is perhaps the most tolerant multicultural community in the world.

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Bhudda Tooth Temple, Butterfly, Chinatown, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, Singapore, Street photography, Travel

33% are Buddhist, 19% Christian, 19% Atheist, 14% Muslim, 10% Taoist and 5% Hindu.

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Bhudda Tooth Temple, Butterfly, Chinatown, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, Singapore, Street photography, Travel

Everyone appears to be open and friendly and it’s definitely very safe.

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Bhudda Tooth Temple, Butterfly, Chinatown, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, Singapore, Street photography, Travel

Mobile phones are not unknown.

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Bhudda Tooth Temple, Butterfly, Chinatown, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, Singapore, Street photography, Travel

It’s around 30ºC.  Where we were going would be much colder.

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Bhudda Tooth Temple, Butterfly, Chinatown, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, Singapore, Street photography, Travel

In the afternoon, we turned up at Singapore Airport and were surprised to find a butterfly room.

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Bhudda Tooth Temple, Butterfly, Chinatown, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, Singapore, Street photography, Travel

The butterflies were impressive.

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Bhudda Tooth Temple, Butterfly, Chinatown, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, Singapore, Street photography, Travel

Not so much the unmonitored three-year olds running around and catching butterflies by their wings.

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Bhudda Tooth Temple, Butterfly, Chinatown, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, Singapore, Street photography, Travel .

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Bhudda Tooth Temple, Butterfly, Chinatown, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, Singapore, Street photography, Travel .

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Bhudda Tooth Temple, Butterfly, Chinatown, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Photography, Singapore, Street photography, Travel .

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10 comments on “Chinatown

  1. Meredith Stokes says:

    Superb photos as usual murray. really enjoying your travels with you! Cheers, Meredith >

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  2. leggypeggy says:

    Thanks for the trip through Chinatown. Glad you found the butterfly room.

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  3. Rajiv says:

    It seems to have changed since I was last there!

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