As I have never been to Hean Boo Thean since its opening last year, a good friend offered to take me. We decided to go at about 6.30 p.m. to take photos so that we could watch the transformation as day turned to night. When the lights come on each night, the floating temple looks like a floating fairyland against the velvety night.
I shall attempt to share with you a most memorable trip using photo collages.
Our adorable tourist guide showing the way to Hean Boo Thean walking amongst the haphazard and idyllic setting of pre-war houses established by the early settlers when they arrived from China by ships. Right bottom photo shows the exit staircase from the top floor.
The exterior of the Floating Temple on the Ground Floor. Top left photo shows the various clan jetties visible across the sea.
Main Hall showing Main Altar in front with various Deities.
Cabinet on right of altar showing various headgears of the Deities. From left to right of bottom photos – headgear of Hock Teik Cheng Sin, headgear of Chai Sin Yah and headgear of Ong Yah Bo.
At the back of Main Hall. Photos from left to right at the top – Altar of Tua Pek Kong, Central Altar at the back of Main Hall with various Deities, passage way into back of Main Hall showing a grand intricate sedan chair used by Deities during processions. Bottom photo on left – Chor Soo Kong whose placement is below the yellow robe of the right Deity at Central Altar. Altar of Tay Choo Kong below Central Altar in centre photo at the bottom.
Leaving Main Hall on Ground Floor to go upstairs using staircase located next to the kitchen at the back of property (bottom photo on left). Top photo showing table selling praying paraphernalia for purchase by devotees.
Hall with Goddess of Mercy on top floor.
Inside Hall of Goddess of Mercy.
- Images of Kuan Yin Hall, roof decorations, lanterns, statues of 24 filial piety and enchanting sea vista before the magical lights came on.
As the lights came on, the magical setting started changing making it a most memorable experience.
Back to Ground Floor to see the Floating Temple by night. Notice the lanterns with name tags – blessings for devotees during the lst lunar month to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Lights against the black velvety night sky. Notice the moon between the Dragon’s mouth and the lantern in top right photo.
Retracing our steps for a well-earned dinner. What a memorable experience watching the magical transformation.
Thank you to my wonderful tourist guide and most patient companions, waiting for me to take countless photos while their stomachs must have been calling out for dinner.