Saturday, August 29, 2009

Waterloo St

During the day of my Pineapple Tart discovery, my continued ramble lead me to Waterloo St and two temples.

The first of these was the Sri Krishna Temple.

Also called Sri Krishna Bagawan Temple, Sri Krishna Bhagawan Temple, Sri Krishna Bhagwan Temple, Sri Krishna Temple, Krishna Temple or Krishnan Temple, the only South Indian Hindu temple in Singapore was established in 1870 by one Hanuman Beem Singh, who set up an idol of Sri Krishna under a banyan tree on Waterloo Street. For more details on its history, see here.

Next door to the Sri Krishnan Temple is the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, built in 1895 though existing in this location since 1894. I didn't go in, largely because of the huge numbers of people who were thronging in constantly. It was quite incredible to see the numbers of worshippers who entered, it was almost as though they required a traffic warden just to shepherd them in.

In the pedestrianised area in front of the two temples there were about a dozen fortune tellers plying their wares.

Sellers of flowers etc for temple offerings.

Plus all manner of paraphenalia such as reading glasses.

A little further down I came across some "Raising buns"

And finally two photos of fruit being sold at the end of the street in honour of my friend who was allergic to fruit.


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