Located in the historic district of Chinatown, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum’s exhibits Buddhist art and history. Built in 2007, the temple gets its name from what the Buddhists regard as the left canine tooth of Buddha, recovered after his funeral and displayed on the temple’s grounds.
The Buddhist Culture Museum is located on the third floor and holds a collection of artefacts related to Buddha, such as bone and tongue relics, and the Sacred Light Hall on the fourth floor containing the temple’s centrepiece.
The Buddha Tooth Relic is housed in a giant stupa weighing a whopping 3,500 kilograms and made from 320 kilograms of gold, of which 234 kilograms were donated by devotees. Only monks are allowed into the relic chamber while visitors are allowed to see the tooth relic only from the public viewing area.
Admission to the temple and weekly-guided tours are free of charge. Conducted by the temple’s volunteer guides, each tour lasts around two hours and guides you through the different floors and halls of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum. Areas covered include the Hundred Dragons Hall, which houses a hundred Buddha statues, and the Universal Wisdom Hall, where handcrafted Bodhisattva artworks are on display.