Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Singapore

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Pause from the hustle and bustle of the downtown and retreat to Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, an intricate Hindu temple tucked away within the city. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, the goddess associated with empowerment. The temple's design differs greatly from those in more northeastern parts of the country, following a style more prevalent among South Indian Tamil temples. The temple was built by Indian pioneers and settlers who migrated to the area; it is one of the first testaments to their growing cultural base in Singapore. Colorful, intricate sculptures and figures adorn both the interior and exterior of the temple. Your best bet is to visit with a guide who can provide insight into the temple's history and significance. Be aware that visitors are expected to remove their shoes as a sign of respect. To visit Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple on your trip to Singapore, use our Singapore trip builder app.
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  • I always worship this temple whenever I walk pass it. This temple is popular among tourists and Indians esp workers who like to pray to the Kaliamman deity here. This temple is said to be proven holy....  more
    I always worship this temple whenever I walk pass it. This temple is popular among tourists and Indians esp workers who like to pray to the Kaliamman deity here. This temple is said to be proven holy....  more »
  • A beautiful indian temple on the streets of Little India. The place had intense hindu vibes with idols of gods and goddess all around. The temple is built according to dravidian style of architecture....  more
    A beautiful indian temple on the streets of Little India. The place had intense hindu vibes with idols of gods and goddess all around. The temple is built according to dravidian style of architecture....  more »
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  • Beautiful temple. As a Catholic, I had never been to a Hindu Temple and it was a great experience, not once did I feel out of place. We were allowed to take pictures and video. It is amazing to find such a colorful place that brings so many people together.
  • Very nice temple feels like being in India. Can buy garlands and flowers which they are placing on God immediately. Felt very happy.

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Situtated in the heart of Little India, the temple is a distinctive landmark with its colourful and intricate statues. Dedicated to goddess Sri Veeramakaliamman, the temple was once known as “Soonambu Kambam Kovil” or “temple at the lime village” in Tamil. At that time, most of its faithful worked at lime kilns in the vicinity. During World War II, many people hid here when Japanese air raids took place. Remarkably, the temple and all its statues were unaffected by the bombings. Its latest renovation, completed in 2014, included the addition of a six-storey building with staff quarters, a multipurpose hall and a wedding hall.