studio visit

Where Gods Are Born

Where Gods Are Born

Chwee Lian
About your host, Chwee Lian
I am an 87-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.
2.5 hours total
Offered in English
Availability for this experience is extremely rare.
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 …
What else you should know
Please be punctual. We will wait 5 minutes for late-comers before commencing the session. Statues of the deities are sold separately.