Around the temple

DSC01538Our temple was originally located at 9 Jalan Nipah and subsequently moved to 49 Bedok Walk to accommodate the growing number of members and devotees.  When the temple was first built at Jalan Nipah, it occupied only a land area of 6 metres by 12 metres. This was sufficient to house three Thai bhikkhus and samaneras. The building was compartmentalized into 3 sections; one section for the main shrine hall, another section as a multi-purpose hall, and the rear section was used as living quarters. A Thai style pavilion was added to the building in 1967 with the intention of using it as proper shrine hall.  This building served to facilitate the study and learning of the Dhamma in the tradition of Thais. Sunday school as well as Dhamma talks on the life of the Buddha and Buddhism were conducted regularly at the temple. These served to propagate the Buddhist teachings to our community.  To cope with the need of the growing number of Buddhists, Luang Phor had contemplated buying the neighbouring land to increase the land area. However due to the high price that the seller wanted and the fact that the government had zoned the area for road enlargement, the plan was put on hold.
Moving Palelai Buddhit Temple to Bedok Walk was mooted in 1968. That year Luang Phor met a wealthy Singaporean, Mr. Wee Thiam Siew, who was a Buddhist and owned the plot of land at Bedok Walk that the temple currently resides. Through his charitable generosity, he sold the plot of land at half the original price. The purchase of the land was funded by voluntary contributions from Thai, Malaysian, and Singaporean Buddhists.
Construction of the temple was made possible through financial support from the Buddhist communities in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, and some assistance from the Department of Religious Affair of DSC01563Thailand. Construction took place in 1970 with the foundation stone laid by the late Supreme Patriach Punnasiri Mahathera of Wat Phra Jetuphon, Bangkok. The building was completed in phases and finally consecrated in May 1973. This new location allowed more devotees to participate in the regular Buddhist activities organized at the temple.
It was in 2004 that the Executive Committee decided to have an additional building to support the growing number of activities and interests of members/devotees in the areas of meditation and Buddhist education.

This section will try to introduce the different facilities and images around the temple and their significance.