For about an hour I rest my feet, have a few beers and people watch. Chinatown isn't just full of Chinese people, but a mix of many different cultures. The mix is amazingly obvious as I sit back and take it all in. Only a few minutes ago I was witness to a Hindu fire walking festival and now I am in a food court overlooking a massive Buddhist temple with people of many different origins walking past and eating around me. All this with a loud (slightly intoxicated I think) old Indian guy complaining about the state of the world and the Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers song "Islands in the Stream" blaring from the food centres speakers. Now that's a mix of cultures.
In a slightly tipsy manner I head over to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple to have a closer look. Unlike the Sri Mariamman Temple, which is approaching 200 years of existence, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is a recent addition to Chinatown. Opening in 2007, the Tang-Styled Chinese Buddhist Temple houses the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic (that is, a piece of the Buddha's tooth), which was found in a collapsed stupa in Myanmar. A stupa, if you would like to know, is a hemispherical structure containing Buddhist relics. The worshippers that built this temple must really believe that the tooth is that of Buddha's as the temple is very impressive. A lot of good work went into a building dedicated to a tooth. What I really liked about the temple was the activity around it, especially at the foot of the temple where a number of old Asian men were playing board and card games. Seems like a great way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.