Brief History of Bao Gong Temple
The statue of Bao Gong first arrived in Singapore 50 years ago and it temporarily resided in a village temple in Pasir Panjang, at which point was a fishing village. It was rumoured that Bao Gong had protected the villagers then by helping ensure that their journey to sea was smooth sailing and that they safely arrived home.
Later in the 70s, Bao Gong’s statue was relocated to a temporary temple shelter built by citizens of goodwill in Ang Mo Kio during Pasir Panjang’s redevelopment phase. It was later moved to a vacated house where a second lord god, Xuan Tian God was appointed. Later as Kim San Leng had to undergo reconstruction the 80s, Bao Gong then resided temporarily in a private house in Yio Chu Kang, before moving to its new home in at a ground-floor apartment in Toa Payoh Blk 13. Bao Gong’s influence widely grew during this period of time, as events were increasingly held, and more devotees joined to celebrate Bao Gong and the numerous other gods that were invited to reside in Bao Gong Temple. However, due to the nature of the temple being in a residential area, devotees had to make appointments prior to visiting physically.
Many then felt that it was time for an official Bao Gong temple to be built. In 2005, the official management committee for Bao Gong Temple was established. Despite difficulties in securing government approved landsites and financials for the establishment of Bao Gong Temple, Bao Gong temple was built successfully in 2011 at Seng Kang West avenue, co-sharing the temple space with 2 other temples. It was a remarkable moment in Bao Gong’s history made possible by a dedicated management committee.