Where Gods Are Born

History experience
Hosted by Chwee Lian
The host of this experience
2 hours total
Offered in English
Prices may vary depending on the date you select.
This is a crowd favourite. Chwee Lian’s experience is usually booked.
About your host, Chwee Lian
I am an 86-year-old great-grandma who runs Singapore's last Taoist deity shop. This is where I worked for 70 years and raised 7 children. As I don't speak English, my grandsons Yong and Chong will be your guides and share about our family's story. I will conduct a demonstration of the art of effigy-making for you.
What we’ll do
We will go behind-the-scenes at Say Tian Hng Buddha Shop, a forgotten shop that has been making Taoist effigies since 1896. (https://www.buddhashop.sg) We will learn the stories of these deities. Who were these ancient heroes? Who is the boy wonder who rides on Wind Fire Wheels? Who is the butcher turned saint? Who is the sabre-wielding warlord worshipped by cops and crooks alike? We will learn …
Who can come
Guests ages 10 and up can attend.
Please be punctual. We will wait 5 minutes for late-comers before commencing the session. Statues of the deities are sold separately.
Where we’ll be
The shop is a working space filled from floor to ceiling with statues of Taoist effigies. You'll see our traditional tools and effigies in various stages of completion.
$48 per person
Prices may vary depending on the date you select.