Faith in God and deep-rooted culture Sustained the early immigrants to the Settlement of Singapore

Giok Hong Tien Temple in Havelock Road was built on 'a peacefully and wholesome street with the hill at the back and the Singapore River in front - a fortunate geomantic position. ' A plaque at the Temple is date 1887. It is therefore one of the oldest Chinese Temples in Singapore. The Temple is syncretic. There are Taoist and Buddhist deities and a statue of Confucius. The Temple is dedicated to the Jade Emperor, the Supreme Deity of Taoism. There are altars for the Goddess of Yin and the God of Yang, the Registrar of Births.

Cheang Hong Lim, the prominent merchant after whom Hong Lim Green was named built the Temple.

The architecture is classical Chinese; there are wild dancing dragons other of statues of the Sun, Rain, Wind and Thunder Gods. They ward off danger and evil. There are also beautiful flying fish dragons which are symbols for success and achievement. The interior displays exquisite wood and granite carvings.

This Temple played an important spiritual role in early Singapore and continues to do so at present.