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Decorative Hindu and Chinese Temples on Waterloo Street

On the northern end of Waterloo Street, downtown Singapore, lie landmarks of two cultures in Singapore. The Hindu Sri Krishnan Temple and the Chinese Goddess of Mercy Temple (Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple).

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Foregoing any attempt to delve into their histories or significance (sorry, but have been templed out after the last few months), we can at least say that they're damn colourful!

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For me, the Sri Krishnan Temple was a particular beauty. Unlike the primary reds and yellows of Chinese temples, Hindu ones incorporate more hues and simply look more colourful. We could only take photos from the outside so can't show the main hall here.

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I have to admit that the deities and figures are alot more interesting too. I've always been fascinated by the manimal characters in Hindu religion with Ganesha being my favourite.

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The Chinese Goddess of Mercy Temple, practically next door to the Sri Krishnan Temple, seemed alot bigger and was thriving with worshippers when we had a look.

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Apparently, it is known for people to have good luck after they worship at this temple, so its a popular place for devotees.

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There were plenty of fortune tellers touting their services on garden furniture outside the temple and along this part of Waterloo Street too, as well as vendors of traditional worshipping supplies such as incense.

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