Talk:Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple
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While cleaning up the article the following details were archived, where feasible new Wikipedia articles are suggested addressing in particular the historical sangha and architecture in mention, at this present moment the internet offers limited resources about the monastic legacy, verification of the claims below are thereby hindered by the Wikipedian's own ignorance as far as the subject matter is concerned:
Luang Phor Hong Dhammaratano (Phra Dhammaratano Bandit) came to Singapore in 1920 with his disciple, Samanera Boonier. Seeing that there were no Theravada Buddhist temples in Singapore, he aspired to build one. Coincidentally, King Chulalongkorn of Thailand had a similar idea before. Soon, representatives from the Thai Embassy in Singapore came over to visit Luang Phor Hong and discussed the possibilities of building a Theravada temple at the back of the Thai embassy (located at today's Orchard Road area). Orchard Road at that time was rather isolated and a large swamp area where many poisonous snakes and insects live in
Not giving up, Luang Phor Hong continue his search for a suitable location to building the temple. Finally, he came across a piece of land at Silat Road which was comparatively accessible to the communities living nearby. With the help of local devotees, and those from Malaysia and Thailand, he bought the land and started building Singapore's first Theravada Buddhist temple. The temple was completed in 1925
Current chief abbot
Wat Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple's current chief abbot is Chao Khun Phramaha S J Pannadhammvides. He is the highest ranked monk in the Thai Sangha Samatcha[who?] of Singapore. He is one of the Buddhist Leaders Representatives in the Inter-Religious Organization (IRO) in Singapore, an organization that promotes religious understanding and harmony in Singapore
In 1975, Chao Khun Phramaha S J Pannadhammvides renovated the temple and in 1979, he constructed the pagoda and a three storey residential block for the monks. The Pagoda was officially declared open by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the second daughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 27 June 1985.
Three storey extension
In 1995, the Temple constructed a three story extension which will house the library, Dhamma/Meditation Hall. Its roof layout was a feature adopted from the recommendation of Late Venerable Hong Choon.
Golden Guan Yin Shrine
Chao Khun Phramaha S J Pannadhammvides also constructed Golden Guan Yin Shrine in 1995.
The three story residential block and pagoda was demolished in 2012 to make way for the construction of a five story (plus basement) building which will create the much needed space for Dhamma activities and meditation classes. The building is expected to be completed in mid-2013.