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Wat Ananda Metyarama
Address: 50-B Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 169545
Tradition: Theravada, Thai
Spiritual Director: Venerable Luang Phor Hong Dhammaratano (Phra Dhammaratano Bandit).
Notes and Events:
Wat Ananda Metyarama is the oldest Theravada Buddhist tradition Temple in Singapore. It was completed in 1925 with a land area of 18,317sq. feet. Formerly located at 83 Silat Road, Singapore, the new address is 50-B Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 169545.
The founder of Wat Ananda Metyarama is Venerable Luang Phor Hong Dhammaratano (Phra Dhammaratano Bandit). He came to Singapore in 1920 with his disciple, Samanera Boonler. Upon noticing that there is no Theravada temple in Singapore at that time, they aspired to build one. Venerable Luang Phor Hong Dhammaratano passed away on 10th November 1952 and was cremated on 16th November 1952 by Thai Consul’s General PhrayaSrisayamcit with Thai Groups.
Venerable Phra Rajayankavee took over as his successor and revonated the temple in 1953. He served as the Chief Abbott twice; in between which Venerable Phra Maha Amnad Ithiyano took over.
Venerable Phraku Bisaldhammanides succeeded him and started the Youth Circle in 1966 (which is the first registered Buddhist Youth Circle in Singapore). Venerable Phraku Bisaldhammanides left for Bangkok in 1974.
Taking over his position is our current Chief Abbott, Venerable Chao Khun Phra Tepsiddhivides. Greatly revered for his ceaseless efforts to promote Buddhism, to teach the Dhamma and to give counsel and comfort to devotees and others, Venerable Chao Khun Phra Tepsiddhivides is also representing as one of the Buddhist religious leaders involved in the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO), an organisation that promotes religious understanding and harmony in Singapore.
Wat Ananda Youth (Formerly Ananda Metyarama Buddhist Youth Circle)
Sunday morning service (9.00 am to 10.30 am)
This group has a regular program of Meditation (group sittings); Morning Chanting; Dharma Talks (English or Mandarin); Adult Dharma Courses and Devotional Hymn Singing).