Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, also known as Bright Hill Temple is the largest monastery in Singapore and one of the largest in South East Asia.
Founded in 1921, it was the first traditional Chinese forest monastery in Singapore.
The monastery is a peaceful and beautiful place to walk, relax, reflex (and take some beautiful pictures).
There are more than 10 buildings inside the monastery, so take some time to visit the most important ones:
Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas: distinctive with its cone-shaped golden stupas, the pagoda houses a large Medicine Buddha on the second level and 9,999 small Buddha images on the inner circumference of the building’s main stupa.
Hall of No Form: housing a Giant Buddha (one of the largest in Southeast Asia) that stands at 13.8 meters from the lotus base. The Giant Buddha statue is made of bronze and weighs a hefty 55 tons.
To get there, take the MRT to Bishan MRT station and then buses 52 or 410 from there (3 stops) or a taxi (around S$10 from Orchard).
The monastery is located near the beautiful Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, take a walk there if you have some spare time.