Thian Hock Keng is one of the oldest and most important Hokkien Chinese temple in Singapore.
The temple is currently located on Telok Ayer Street, near the Telok Ayer MRT, however it was originally situated near the coastline before land reclamation work in the 1880s.
It was visited by Chinese immigrants giving thanks to Ma Zu (Goddess of the Sea) for their safe voyage, when they arrived to Singapore from China.
The temple was built in traditional southern Chinese architectural style. The entire structure was assembled without nails. It is an architectual masterpiece of stone, tiles and wood, dragons and phoenixes, amazing carvings, intricate sculptures and imposing columns.
The temple was gazetted as a National Monument in 1973.