Yueh Hai Ching Temple Restoration – 2011 To 2014

Project Info

The temple is built in the typology of Chaozhou (Teochew) traditional Chinese architectural style. The temple covers an approximate area of 695 sq m and is housed within a walled compound fronted by a main entrance gate leading to a spacious forecourt. The temple houses two separate shrines. Each of the two shrines has their own entrance. The edifice on the left (note: direction is oriented with the principle deities’ view) houses the shrine of Xuan Tian Shang Di, the patron deity of the Teochews, while the other edifice is home to the shrine of Tian Hou, Mother of Heavenly Sages, who is worshipped as the Goddess of the Sea by the southern sea-faring Chinese communities. The two-storey rear hall once housed the Ngee Ann Kongsi’s administration and is now the living quarters of the temple caretaker and storeroom.

The project has been awarded:

  • 2014 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation – Award of Merit
  • 2014 Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Architectural Heritage Awards
  • National Architecture Institute of China’s (NAIC) 中国民族建筑研究会 Vernacular Architecture Award 中国民族优秀建筑奖 2013

Project Gallery

屋脊嵌瓷工艺 Qian-ci Ornamentation (© Photography by Lim Shao Bin) 嵌瓷Preparation of Ceramic Shards for Qian-ci Ornamentation (© Photography by Lim Shao Bin) 屋脊嵌瓷工艺 Qian-ci Ornamentation (© Photography by Lim Shao Bin) 灰塑彩绘工艺 Fresco Ornamentation (© Photography by Lim Shao Bin) 灰塑彩绘工艺 Fresco Ornamentation (© Photography by Lim Shao Bin) 反背船屋顶 Inverted Hull Roofing (© Photography by Yeo Kang Shua)