How to get to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple?

How to get to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple?
Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple

Learn how to reach Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple using multiple forms of transportation.

Welcome to the complete, step-by-step guide on how to get to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple in Singapore. 

By the end of this article, you will know exactly how to reach Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple using multiple forms of transportation including 

  • A combination of MRT and public bus services
  • Public bus
  • Taxi and Private Vehicle

Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple is located right in the heart of Katong’s shopping district. Once you visit this beautiful temple, you should have no problem accessing the malls, restaurants and cultural attractions that Katong is known for!

Visiting Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple in Singapore

We strongly consider checking out Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple while you are in Singapore. It is a temple for the Hindu god Ganesha, the presiding deity. It is located along Ceylon Road in Katong Singapore – an area known for Peranakan architecture and a healthy selection of eateries. 

When you approach the Temple, you will be immediately impressed with the intricate sculptures and designs on the facade. It is a very photogenic building and worth seeing even if you are not a worshipper. A wide-angle lens comes in handy here because the facade is quite wide, and pictures can be taken from multiple angles to truly capture the beauty. 

If you walk south after visiting Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple, you will reach East Coast Road, which is lined with shopping malls. 

Getting to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple by MRT and Bus 

Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple is not located directly beside an MRT station in Singapore. 

Consequently, you do have a few choices getting there. The closest MRT station is about 20 minutes walking distance to the Temple. Therefore, many commuters take a connecting bus from a nearby station to get there. 

In the section below, we will outline how to get to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple using a combination of MRT and then public bus services. But remember, you can also walk or cycle from the MRT if you want!

Step 1: Walk to the most convenient MRT station.

Access the closest MRT station in Singapore when you are all ready to go to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple.

Location is very important in Singapore. 

And, by staying close to an MRT station, you will guarantee that you get around as fast and cheaply as possible. 

We highly recommend being within 500 m walking distance from a station to avoid taxi fees all the time. 

Two popular hotels near stations are

Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore – 2 minutes from City Hall Station

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore – 2 minutes to Raffles Place Station

Always double-check the area and distance to the MRT before booking a room in Singapore. 

Step 2: Plan your route to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple.

At the time of writing, the most convenient station for getting to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple using MRT and public bus is 

Dakota Station (CC8) 

Dakota Station is located along Singapore’s Circle Line and has a shortcode of CC8 to show that it’s the eighth stop on the line. 

The Circle Line is shown in orange colour on Singapore’s route maps that are displayed in stations and on each train. 

Step 3: Purchase your ticket to reach Dakota Station (CC8).

Fortunately, there are several types of metro tickets/cards in Singapore

Here is a summary of the three main types:

  1. Tourist Passes
  2. Stored Value Cards
  3. Multiple/Single Trip Tickets

Singapore Tourist Passes are popular with foreign tourists staying a few days in the city. You can use them on buses and trains and pay for a set number of days (typically 1-3 days). 

We used a stored value card while figuring out how to get to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple. 

Stored value cards, such as EZ link cards, are also acceptable on buses and trains.

 Single or multiple journey tickets can be purchased at machines near the MRT entrance. You can also use credit cards with a ‘wave feature’ similar to Tourist Passes and stored value cards. 

Any of these options will work on your way to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple, but Tourist Passes and Stored Value cards are handy because you can tap and go on the MRT and then bus.

Step 4: Travel to Dakota Station (CC8) on the MRT, completing any necessary transfers along the way.

Check the metro map in the first station you enter on your way to the Temple. 

You should hear verbal announcements on the trains for upcoming stops as you travel toward Dakota Station (CC8). 

Keep your eye out for Dakota Station’s two neighbouring stops.

Paya Lebar (north)

Mountbatten (south)

Technically, you can also reach the Temple from Paya Lebar or Mountbatten Station. But the bus and walking times are a bit farther.

Map of MRT Lines and Stations near Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple
Map of MRT Lines and Stations near Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple

Step 5: Get off the train at Dakota Station (CC8).

Move close to an exit on the train as you approach Dakota Station. 

Get off the train, and bring all your items. 

Step 6: Travel from Level B2 to Level 1 at Dakota Station. 

Dakota Station is built under Old Airport Road, at the junction of Jalan Dua near Geylang River.

It consists of three levels:

Level 1 – Street Level 

B1 – Concourse

B2 – Train platforms

You will arrive at Level B2, where the Circle Line train platforms are located. 

Travel from Level 1 up to access the station exits using the stairs, escalator or elevators. 

Dakota Station has two exits to choose from at street level, Exits A and B.

Take Exit A to access the bus services to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple.

Map of Dakota MRT Station to reach Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple
Navigating your way from Dakota MRT Station to the station exit in order to reach Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple

Step 7: Exit Dakota Station and walk to the Bus Stop. 

Once you arrive at Dakota Station, it’s very easy to catch a bus toward Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple.

Exit A at Dakota Station will take you to Old Airport Road, directly north of the station.

Cross to the other side of Old Airport Road. 

Walk briefly west until you reach the following bus stop:

Dakota Stn Exit A/Blk 99 – Stop ID: 81181

Wait for the bus there.

Bus Directions from Dakota Station (CC8) to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple

Wait at the bus stop and then get on Bus 10 or 32 to reach Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple.

Stay on Bus 10/32 as it heads southeast for 6 stops. Get off the bus when you stop here

Opp Roxy Sq – Stop ID: 92111

Once you’re off the bus, head northeast on East Coast Road toward Ceylon Road.

Turn left onto Ceylon Road.

Walk north along Ceylon Road, and you should see the Temple on your left.

Approximate Bus Ride Length (including walking): 10-12 minutes

Bus Pick-up Frequency: Approximately every 10 minutes

Driving time and distance from Dakota MRT Station to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple

Walking Directions from Dakota Station (CC8) to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple

You can also walk from Dakota Station to the Temple.

But it takes about 20 minutes, so be prepared to work up a little sweat along the way. 

Cycling is another practical option from Dakota Station. 

Once you take Exit A at Dakota Station, walk east on Old Airport Road.

Old Airport road quickly converts into Dunman Road.

Walk along Dunman Road until you reach Ceylon Road. 

Turn right onto Ceylon Road and continue walking south. 

Expect to see the Temple on the right-hand side of the road (west). 

Approximate Walking Distance: 20-22 minutes (1.7 km)

Walking time and distance from Dakota MRT Station to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple

Getting to the Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple by Public Bus

As explained above, the Temple is around 20 minutes walking distance or 10 minutes bus travel from Dakota Station.

A great alternative to reaching the Temple is taking a bus directly there while bypassing the MRT. You won’t have to worry about finding the metro map or making transfers along the way. 

There are a few bus stops within walking distance of the Temple. We have summarized these stops along with the bus services to them in the table below.

Bus Stop

Bus Numbers

Approximate Walking Time from the Bus Stop to the Temple

Opp Roxy Sq

Stop ID: 92111

10, 10e, 12, 14, 14e, 32, 40, 47 2 minutes (140 m)
Roxy Sq

Stop ID: 92119

10, 10E, 12, 14, 14A, 14E, 32, 40 5 minutes (300 m)
Aft Duku Rd

Stop ID: 92179

16, 16M 5 minutes (400 m)

According to our bus research, these three stations (shown above) are within 5 minutes distance or less from Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple. 

If you have the choice, get dropped off at Opp Roxy Sq (Stop ID: 92111) because it’s a few minutes closer to the Temple than the other stops. 

Taking a Taxi or Driving to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple

As you might expect, taking a taxi directly to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple is a practical and convenient way to get there. 

You can get dropped off right in front of the Temple, saving you considerable time compared to taking the MRT or bus to this area of Singapore. 

The official address for the Temple is 

19 Ceylon Rd, Singapore 429613

You can also drive your vehicle to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple.

Parking is available south of the Temple, along the west side of Ceylon Road. 

How to get to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple?
An Overview of How to get to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple?

What to see and do in Katong?

One of the clear benefits of visiting Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple is that you can easily walk to a series of shopping malls and cultural attractions in 5 minutes or less. 

The beautiful Peranakan Houses on Koon Seng Road (Directions) are within walking distance of the Temple. All you need to do is walk east across Joo Chiat Road to get to them. 

Take a few photos and walk to other cultural points of interest, such as the Eurasian Heritage Gallery and the Intan

A series of shopping malls make up Katong’s shopping district, only a few minutes south of the Temple. They are scattered near Joo Chiat Road.

Consider checking out these malls while you are in Katong:

Parkway Parade (Directions)

I12 Katong (Directions)

Katong V (Directions)

Roxy Square 1

Katong Square (Directions)

Katong Plaza

Flow @ East Coast

Katong Shopping Centre (Directions)

If you want to try some affordable and delicious local dishes, head to Dunman Food Centre (Directions). It is only a few minutes’ walk south of Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple. 

Geylang Serai Market (Directions) and Joo Chiat Complex (Directions) are two awesome places for shopping. Head north along Joo Chiat Road to access them. 

East Coast Park is one of Singapore’s best outdoor areas. Head here for some fun in the sun or some superb cycling. You can even make it from East Coast Park all the way to Changi Jurassic Mile on your wheels. 

Accommodation Choices near Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple

You can find some great deals here for 3-4 star hotels in Katong. 

The area around Joo Chiat is very pleasant and filled with spectacular examples of Peranakan architecture. You will find the hotels cheaper here when compared to Sentosa Island.

Take some time and explore the following hotels to see if the budget suits your plans:

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy (top choice)

Village Hotel Katong

Santa Grand Hotel East Coast

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong

Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong

We recommend checking several areas and hotels before finalizing where to stay in Singapore. You might save hundreds of dollars over the course of 3-4 nights in the city. 


Ideally, you now know how to get to Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple in Singapore using multiple forms of transportation. 

We consider this an interesting area to visit in Singapore because it takes around 20 minutes walking distance to the nearest MRT station. Therefore, you can either walk, cycle or take the bus from the MRT to reach the Temple. 

Getting the bus at Dakota Station is super easy. 

The bus stop is directly across from the station. The bus takes about 10-12 minutes to the Temple area. Walking is a bit longer at roughly 20 minutes. 

If you do have the option of taking a bus directly to the Temple, then highly consider it. Getting a taxi to drop you off is likely to be the most convenient option, but it won’t be the cheapest one unless you are sharing a ride with other people. 

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