Singapore's core foundation is build by the 4 races of the country; Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian.
And because of this unique attribute, our streets are filled with interesting mixes of cultural architecture buildings. But just how far do these ties go in Singapore's history?
At the backyard of the temple, up along the pillars of the temple stands 2 figurines. Look keenly as many visitors have missed them, as they are small and right at the corner of the pillars.
If you look closely, you will see a man with dark skin tone and spotting a dark curly black hair holding up the pillar. This surely isn't a Chinese man and resembles more of an indian-looking man. What is a statue of an indian man doing in a Chinese temple? This has to be a mistake or a very bad prank, you may think.
Well, it isn't all that bad.
You see, in the 1830s when the temple was being build, indians from the neighbouring Chulia Village came in numbers to help out. So carvers made this figurine to thank them for their contribution to the construction of the temple.
So there you have it! Racial harmony has always been a key fundamental in Singapore.
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