In itself, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is one of the most visually stunning pieces of architecture in all of Singapore. But it was the surrounding grounds that really drew me in.
Chinatown is certainly a bustling section of Singapore, but the pace seems to slow near this temple. Men and women pass time playing checkers and chess, elderly folk string brightly colored paper lanterns from their balconies, and rolling street vendors offer delicious treats to passersby.
The temple makes a great place to people watch, and there's no lack of shade that you can use to escape the Singapore heat.
You can go inside, too—it's a working temple, said to contain the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha.