Thian Hock Keng is one of the oldest and most important Hokkien temples in Singapore. It is visited by Chinese giving thanks to Ma Zu, Goddess of the Sea, for safe voyages. The construction of Thian Hock Keng was completed in 1842. The temple was built in traditional southern Chinese architectural style. The entire structure was assembled without nails. It is an architectural masterpiece of stone, tiles and wood, dragons and phoenixes, carvings and intricate sculptures. Thian Hock Keng was selected as a national monument of Singapore in 1973.