Oldest Teochew temple back to full glory
AFTER two years of painstaking work, the crumbling Yueh Hai Ching Temple has finally been restored to its original 1890s splendour.
The oldest Teochew temple here was pampered by artisans and craftsmen from China, who preserved the intricate carvings and ceramic figurines.
These include familiar faces from Chinese classics, such as Justice Bao and Guan Yu from The Three Kingdoms.
The $7.5 million project was bankrolled by the temple's custodian, the Ngee Ann Kongsi.
It was officially re-opened by Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang yesterday.
Mr Jamie Teo, chairman of the temple's restoration subcommittee, said it is hoped that the renewed national monument in Phillip Street will be more than a place of worship. The 777 sq m temple has the highest density of craft and ornamentation works of any temple in South-east Asia.
THE STRAITS TIMES