One of the earliest Chinese Temples in Singapore; built for Worship of the spirits who protected the traders who traveled Between Singapore and China; a meeting place for the Teochew Clan.

Yua Hai Qing Miao means the 'Temple of the Calm Sea built by the Guanzhou people'. Phillip Street was then close to the sea. This is one of the oldest Taoist Temples in Singapore an it began as a small shrink like the Temple in Telok Ayer Street as early as 1826. The present Temple was built in the 1850s; it was both a Temple and Teochew Clan Association.

This Temple had close ties with China since its inception. The imperial signboard in the Temple premises proves this; Emperor Guang Xu of the Qing dynasty presented this to the Abbot of the Temple.

Statues of the Heavenly Father (Yuan Tian Shang Di) and the Queen of Heaven (Tian Hou) sit in the right and left wing altars of the Temple.

Yue Hai Qing Miao is a twin temple, built in the traditional classical design. It stands in the midst of the high rise buildings and is close to Raffles Place. Today, it is not easy to locate it but once it occupied a prominent position beside the sea. Traders returning to offer their prayers and gratitude for their safe arrival - such was the faith of our ancestors.

Historical Sites in Singapore
Bawaeanese Pondok (lodging house)
Thian Hock Keng Temple
Giok Hong Tien Temple
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Singapore Cricket Club
Belle Vue House
Hong Lim Green "Hong Lim Park"
Raffles Institution
Cathedral Of The Good Shepherd
Hajjah Fatimah Mosque
Ministry Of Labour Building
Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple
Po Chek Kiong "Tan Si Chong Su"
Fullerton Hotel
Caldwell’s House
Raffles Statue (Opposite Victoria Memorial Concert Hall)
Thandayuthapani Temple
Telok Ayer Market “Lau Pa Sat”
The Bronze Elephant Statue (Parliament House)
Roman Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart
Salvation Army Headquarters Building
Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
Tao Nan School
Clifford Pier

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