Visit this Jalan Kayu institution before it goes. Their lease runs out soon and when the state takes back the land, they will move to a larger but less lordly plot by the main road to be shared with two other dispossessed houses of spirits.
To get to the temple, take SBS bus 86 from Ang Mo Kio Interchange and drop at the bus stop just before Seletar West Farmway 4 (just before the massive Ju Eng Home for Senior Citizens). Walk down Seletar West Farmway 4 and turn right after the workers quarters into Seletar West Farmway 6. The temple is about 100 m ahead.
The earthly essence of the temple, devoid of its patron deities, will soon vanish into Singapore Below, an invisible city where the old, dead and forgotten wander in fragments of thought. This is the fate of a land whose heritage has been so thoroughly gutted, disembodied and buried that the fossils of an earlier age have a greater chance of surviving than memories of a more recent past.
Even gods and demons stand no chance against the irresistible force of the invisible hand, in whose name streets are repaved and homes reborn as retreats of the rich. These are the lucky ones – not a few are so efficiently exorcised from living memory that nothing remains but flat expanses of grass that serve purposes undecipherable. What is the opportunity cost of maintaining a thriving town of neighbours compared to the opportunities lost in forgoing a chance to capture the utmost value of a downtown venue?