As of 2010, 33.3% of Singaporeans aged 15 and over identified themselves as Buddhist. Among them, the majority are Chinese, although there are also small minorities of Sinhalese and Thai.
Mahayana is the most prevalent form of Buddhism in Singapore, but there are also sizeable communities following other traditions such as Theravada and Tibetan. The representative organisation of Buddhism in Singapore is the Singapore Buddhist Federation.
"The temple is based on the Tang dynasty architectural style and built to house the tooth relic of the historical Buddha. The ground breaking ceremony was conducted on 13 March 2005. Costing S$62 million and 2 years later, a soft launch was held to coincide with the 2007 Vesak Day celebration." It is claimed that the relic of Buddha from which it gains its name was found in 1980 in a collapsed stupa in Myanmar.
Since opening, the temple has become a popular attraction within Chinatown. Simple vegetarian fare is served in the basement of the temple, though donations are accepted.