The Venerable Hong Choon Museum was set up in 2006 to commemorate the late Venerable Seck Hong Choon, who was the second abbot of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See (KMSPKS) Monastery from 1947 to 1990. The museum contains the great Venerable’s personal belongings and relics.
The museum is open from 9am to 2pm on the following days:
- 27th day of every lunar month;
- Actual day of Qing Ming;
- Vesak Day (15th day of the 4th lunar month);
- Ullambana (15th day of the 7th lunar month);
- The Birth Anniversary of Venerable Hong Choon (3rd day of the 9th lunar month); and
- The Death Anniversary of Venerable Hong Choon (9th day of the 11th lunar month).
The first floor of the Drum Tower is a memorial shrine dedicated to the late Venerable Seck Hong Choon, who was the second abbot of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See (KMSPKS) Monastery from 1947 to 1990. It houses a statue of Venerable Hong Choon for devotees to pay their respect.
Stupas with Relics
A stupa is one of the most ancient icons of Buddhist art. It is a symbol of enlightenment. Stupas are commonly found in Buddhist monasteries and contain the relics and sometimes the entire body of an enlightened being or other sacred objects.
There are two stupas containing relics in Kong Meng San phor Kark See (KMSPKS) Monastery.
Venerable Sik Zhuan Dao
The first stupa commemorating the founder, Venerable Sik Zhuan Dao, is situated between the Hall of Precepts and the Hall of Great Strength.
Venerable Seck Hong Choon
The second stupa is dedicated to the second abbot of the monastery, Venerable Seck Hong Choon and is located between the Sangha Quarters and the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Both stupas are identical in appearance.
As an expression of respect and reverence, devotees circumambulate a stupa in a clockwise direction (keeping their right towards the object of veneration), typically once or thrice. During circumambulation, individuals may silently recite the Buddha’s name or as a group, chant the Buddha’s name aloud.
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