Facts & Info

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Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (KMSPKS) was founded in 1921 by Venerable Sik Zhuan Dao from China. It serves as a place for Buddhist monks to practise and propagate the Dharma. Kong Meng San 光明山 which means “Bright Hill” in Chinese, is the name of Guanyin Bodhisattva’s Pureland. Phor Kark See the “monastery of universal awakening”, encapsulates the vision and aspiration of the monastery to reach out to all sentient beings to assist  them in the path towards Awakening, Nirvana!

Rooted in the Mahayana Buddhism Tradition, the Monastery embraces other traditions through organising or co-hosting their activities. It also participates actively in National Racial & Religious Harmony programmes.

To improve its Dharma Propagation efforts, the monastery had implemented many changes over the years to better serve the public. We believe the world we live in is facing radical change – and our aim is to help find positive futures in the face of that change.

List of our on-going community projects

  • Inter-faith Programmes
  • Management of Bright Hill Evergreen Home
  • Buddhist College of Singapore (Sangha College)
  • Events of the Singapore Buddhist Federation
  • Humanitarian Relief

Building structures of the monastery

Modelled after the southern Chinese style of architecture, the building structures of the monastery are an interesting and unique combination of Chinese art aesthetics, and Southeast Asian architectural styles. Standing in at 75,470 sq metres or the equivalent of 10.7 football fields, KMSPKS is the largest monastery in Singapore.

Hall of Great Strength

This hall typically houses Sakyamuni Buddha flanked by Arahant Venerable Ananda and Arahant Venerable Mahakashyapa.

Hall of Great Compassion

Built to venerate Guanyin Bodhisattva , this hall embodies the quality of Great Compassion of this Bodhisattva to reach out and liberate all sentient beings from their sufferings, guiding them towards the ultimate goal of True Happiness, Nirvana! Standing next to Guanyin are Dharma Protectors Bodhisattva Skana and Bodhisattva Sangharama. She is also flanked on her left by Bodhisattva Manjusri, embodiment of Great Wisdom, seated on a lion, and on her right, Bodhisattva Samantabhadra, embodiment of Great Practices on an elephant.

Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas   

Distinctive with its cone-shaped golden stupas, the pagoda houses a large Medicine Buddha on the second level, and 9,999 small Buddha images on the inner circumference of the building’s main stupa.  It integrates the various aspects of Mahayana and Theravada building architecture, emboding the unity in teachings and cultivations from the various Buddhist traditions.

Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall

A tree without its roots will very soon wither away.  KMSPKS embarked on a memorial hall to commemorate the late great Venerable Seck Hong Choon.
Completed in 2004, it houses offices on the first floor, the kitchen and the dining hall on the second, a meditation hall on the third and the “Hall of No Form” on the fourth.  The dining hall, known as the “Hall of Five Contemplations”, is not a hall of earthly culinary pleasures, but embodies the monastic attitude as taught by the Buddha towards food as a sustenance for one’s holy life towards Nirvana!

Hall of No Form

  

Notable for housing an awe-inspiring Giant Buddha  that stands at 13.8 metres from the lotus base, the hall, which measures 3,290 square metres can accommodate up to 2,000 persons. Despite its size, there are absolutely no inner pillars in the hall. The Giant Buddha statue is made of bronze and weighs a hefty 55 tons. It was made in Taiwan and disassembled before shipping to Singapore, and reassembled again in the hall.