History of Taoist Federation

  • One evening in 1989, a group consisted of members of the Singapore San Ching Taoism Association, Temple representatives, and enthusiasts gathered at Lucky Restaurant to brainstorm ideas to unite the Taoist community in Singapore. After much debate, the group decided to form a new Taoist organisation which would be called the Taoist Federation of Singapore. A preparatory committee was formed.


  • The preparatory committee presented the application forms for the establishment of “Taoist Federation (Singapore)” to the Registry of Societies (ROS).

2 Feburary

  • The Registry of Societies approved the application to form the Taoist Federation (Singapore).

11 March

  • The establishment of the Taoist Federation (Singapore) was announcedat the Tong Whye Temple in Jurong East. The ceremony was hosted by Mr. Chua Kim Tiang, BBM(L). The founding Chairman of the Taoist Federation was Master Tan Kok Hian, PBM (representing the San Ching Taoism Association), Secretary-General was Mr. Lee Kim Tee (representing the Tiong Ghee Temple), and the Treasurer was Mr. Soh Thiam Seng (representing the Tong Whye Temple).

29 March

  • A three-days Taoist Cultural-Religious Exhibition was held at Tong Whye Temple to present the influence of Taoism on the eight major Chinese festivals.


  • The Taoist Federation formed a delegation to visit the White Cloud Temple in Beijing and also visited Taoist temples in Hong Kong.

  • Taoist Federation (Singapore) conducted an Initiation Ceremony at Tong Whye Temple for individuals who wish to be formally initiated as a Taoist disciple.

3 – 7 May

  • Taoist Federation (Singapore) organised a week-long religious services at Tuas Pek Kong Keng Temple. Taoist priests from the Beijing White Cloud Temple presided over the religious services.


  • Taoist Federation (Singapore) organised the Taoism Festival ’94 from 1-30 June 1994. The month-long event consisted of:
    1. Talk on “Taoism and Chinese Beliefs” in English and Mandarin at Westin Stamford Hotel and Singapore Conference Hall, on 4 June and 5 June 1994.
    2. Taoism Relics, Books and Paintings Exhibition held at the World Trade Centre in conjunction with the 1994 Chinese Book Fair. The exhibition took up 16 stands at the Book Fair between 11-19 June 1994.
    3. Praying Ceremony for the Dead which was held at the open field off Yishun Avenue 9 from 24-28 June 1994.

30 July

  • A seminar on “Taoism from the view of local writers” was held at the Furama Hotel. One of the speakers for the seminar was Dr. Yong Sai Shing from the Department of Chinese Studies, NUS.

27 August

  • A seminar on “Taoism from the perspectives of the Westerners” was held at the Furama Hotel. Speaker for the seminar was Prof. John Lagerway (France) and Prof. Stephen Teiser (USA).

3 September

  • A seminar on “Traditional ettiquettes of honoring the Deities” was conducted by Master Tan Khoon Yong at the Furama Hotel.

4 October

  • A seminar on “Taoism and Music” was conducted by Hong Kong scholar Prof. Cao Benzhi at Furama Hotel.

11 – 15 October

  • Taoist Federation (Singapore) organised the Taoism Festival ’95 from 11-15 October 1995. The Beijing White Cloud Temple, Mount Wudang Taoist Association, and the Celestial Masters’ Mansion at Mount Longhu presided over the religious services at the open space adjacent to Tampines Avenue 9 and 12.

8 January

  • SilkAir Flight 185 was a scheduled SilkAir passenger flight operated by a Boeing 737-300 from Jakarta, Indonesia, to Singapore, that crashed into the Musi River near Palembang in southern Sumatra, on 19 December 1997, killing all 97 passengers and seven crew on board.

    Taoist Federation (Singapore) held a memorial service and religious service on the 21th day of the crash, on 8 January 2018.


  • The SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) epidemic affected Singapore and Taoist Federation (Singapore) raised $100,000 towards assisting the SARS victims. The Taoist Federation also organised a 24-hours prayer service where more than a hundred Taoist priests conducted rituals to pray for the SARS virus to be eradicated.


  • The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami was triggered by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, and it turned out to be the deadliest on record. Over 226,000 people died, most of them from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Somalia and the Maldives.

    The Taoist Federation organised a “Prayer for World Peace” event with the ten main religious communities in Singapore and raised S$169,925 to the Singapore Red Cross for humanitarian and rescue efforts in places devastated and affected by the tsunami.

  • Chairman of the Taoist Federation (Singapore), Mr. Tan Thiam Lye, was invited to join the National Council on Problem Gambling to prevent social problems caused by gambling after the casinos were built in Singapore.

13 March

  • Taoist Federation (Singapore) organised a grand “Taoist Cultural Festival” next to the San Qing Gong Temple in Bedok. The Cultural Festival included a Prayer for World Peace event, martial arts demonstration by the Mount Wudang Taoist Association, and an exhibition on Taoism. Guest-of-Honour for the event was President of the Republic of Singapore, Mr SR Nathan.

The Taoist Federation Youth Group was officially formed in March 2007.

The National Steering Committee (NSC) on Racial and Religious Harmony was formed to build trust across racial and religious communities in Singapore.

Chairman Mr. Tan Thiam Lye and Vice-Chairman Mr. Ling Kin Huat was appointed to the NSC and NSC Working Committee respectively.

Members of the Taoist Federation (Singapore) were appointed as Licensed Solemnizers (LS) for civil marriages in Singapore.

The five representatives from the Taoist Federation appointed as LS are:

1. Mr. Tan Thiam Lye
2. Mr. Ling Kin Huat
3. Mr. Lim Siak Huay
4. Mr. Lim Kim Tiong
5. Mr. Long Say Keng, Adrian


  • The Taoist Federation organised a day of prayers and fund raising towards the victims of the Earthquake in Wenchuan area of Sichuan Province, China.

4 – 9 September

  • The Taoist Federation (Singapore) and the Hong Kong Fung Ying Seen Koon jointly organised The Multi-language Editions of the Dao De Jing exhibition at the Suntec Convention Centre from 4-9 September 2008. President SR Nathan was the Guest-of-Honour at the Opening Ceremony and many political leaders and religious leaders visited the exhibition. The event also won a Singapore Record for displaying the most editions of a single book on display. A total of 303 editions of the Dao De Jing were displayed at the exhibition.

21 December

  • Official opening of the Taoist College (Singapore) and San Qing Taoist Library at San Qing Gong Temple by Minister-of-State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon.


  • Typhoon Morakot hit Taiwan just before midnight on 7 August 2009, flooding the entire south of the country, and triggering mudslides. Taoist Federation (Singapore), together with the Singapore Buddhist Lodge and Jamiyah Singapore, raised S$201,080 which was presented to the Taipei Representative Office in Singapore.

16 – 22 December

  • Taoist Federation (Singapore) worked with the Inter-Religious Organisation and the State Administration for Religious Affairs of China to organise the “China-Singapore Religious Cultural Exhibition 2009” at Suntec Convention Centre. Over a thousand religious artifacts were exhibited at the exhibition.


  • Chairman of the Taoist Federation (Singapore), Mr Tan Thiam Lye, was elected the President of the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO).


  • Taoist Federation (Singapore) celebrated our 20th Anniversary with a Grand Interfaith Dinner at the Singapore Expo.


The Malaysia San Cheng Taoism Visited Taoist Federation of Singapore

The Malaysia San Cheng Taoism sent a delegation of 8 representatives to visit the Taoist Federation (Singapore) and Taoist College on 4 June 2011. They were here to study the development of Taoism in Singapore and observe the efforts of the Taoist groups in Singapore.

Mr. Tan Thiam Lye BBM, the Chairman of Taoist Federation had a dialogue with  the Taoist representatives from Malaysia San Cheng Taoism. Both groups shared best practices and experience in propagating Taoism. After teh meeting, the delegation visited the Taoist College, San Qing Gong temple and Lorong Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple.


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