Fu Lu Shou Complex
Not on many Singaporeans’ radar, Fu Lu Shou Complex is a hidden gem in Bugis just waiting to be discovered. With so many feng shui-related shops, the mall is a paradise for any fortune and wellness enthusiast.
But wait, there’s more. Our recent trip to the complex revealed that you can also get an affordable foot massage, shop for vintage audio systems, and chomp on a decent vegetarian meal here.
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1. Buy an amethyst geode cave at Kang Li Mineral Kingdom
With everyone talking about the importance of mental health and well-being, it’s no wonder there’s a current obsession with crystals. Natural wonders formed from volcanic activity, amethyst geode caves are not only beautiful but are also said to emit positive energy and have a calming effect.
Get yours from Kang Li Mineral Kingdom, a feng shui shop full of blessed ornaments such as crystal trees and jewellery. The geode caves come in all sorts of sizes, from small ones to place in your bedroom to larger standing ones that can double up as decor pieces in the living room.
Pro tip: Place the cave next to your nightstand to absorb ‘em good vibes all night long.
Around since 1989, Kang Li Mineral Kingdom is owned by Feng Shui Master Lim who offers his services in the field of feng shui consultancy. His children have followed suit in the profession and also conduct aura and tarot readings both at the store and online.
When you’re at the retail shop, don’t forget to catch a glimpse of the 10-million-year-old amethyst geode cave that was discovered in southern Brazil in 1995. It took about a year of searching and over a month to extract from deep within the mountain.
Address: 149 Rochor Road, #01-08/24/25 Fu Lu Shou Complex, Singapore 188425
Opening hours: 10.30pm-7.30pm, Daily
Contact: Kang Li Feng Shui website
2. View a rare 4-faced Buddha statue at Fu Lu Shou Si Mian Fo
A 2-in-1 temple and shop, Fu Lu Shou Si Mian Fo is visited by Buddhist worshipers daily. You can come here to pray as well as procure Buddhist religious artefacts such as statues. They even have an in-house amulet engraving service by skilled technicians.
Mark your calendars next time Vesak Day comes around, as traditional Thai dancers are known to perform in the open area at the entrance of the store during special occasions.
Thanks to its rare 4-faced Buddha statue, word has spread and even tourists can be seen flocking to the shop. The faces represent health, career, love, and wealth. The proper way to pray is to go around the statue in a clockwise direction.
You can also light a candle as an offering in front of the many statues around the temple for $2.
In the far left corner of Fu Lu Shou Si Mian Fo, you’ll spot a bowl filled with fragrant water, decorated with lotus flowers housing baby Buddha. There is a ritual of bathing infant Buddha that is meant to symbolise the cleansing of worldly sins such as greed and ignorance.
Address: 149 Rochor Road, #01-18 Fu Lu Shou Complex, Singapore 188425
Opening hours: 10am-7pm, Daily
Contact: Fu Lu Shou Si Mian Fo Facebook
3. Get a home karaoke system from Top Shop Electronics
Top Shop Electronics is one of those retro stores that sell all sorts of audio equipment including amplifiers and speakers. If you want to recreate a KTV lounge in the comfort of your home, grab a karaoke system from this place.
The most affordable option starts at $330 and includes a mid-sized speaker with 2 wireless microphones. Simply connect it to any smart TV or desktop monitor, and you’re ready to belt out your favourite tunes at the top of your voice.
Run by a father-son duo, the shop offers hassle-free delivery and setup of the equipment within 48 hours.
Oh, and if you’re looking for vintage stuff such as walkmans and discmans, you’ll be able to find them in working condition here. For the uninitiated, a walkman is the mini cassette player that Max from Stranger Things uses to play her favourite song and protect herself from Vecna.
Address: 149 Rochor Road, #01-22 Fu Lu Shou Complex, Singapore 188425
Opening hours: 10am-7pm, Daily
Contact: Top Shop Electronics website
4. Shop decorative items that improve feng shui from Jin Yu Man Tang
A little extra help in the department of finances can’t hurt. To attract such good fortune, Jin Yu Man Tang’s Feng Shui wealth bowls (from $106) are extremely popular. The store specialises in colourful Liu Li ornaments handcrafted by artisans using the age-old glass casting technique.
Fill the money bowl with items that signify prosperity such as gold ingots, coins, and faux diamonds. Pieces of art in themselves, the bowls also make for a pretty display on your shelves. Unlike our fluctuating bank accounts, the colour doesn’t fade over time.
Address: 149 Rochor Road, #01-03/13 Fu Lu Shou Complex, Singapore 188425
Opening hours: 10am-8pm, Daily
Contact: Jin Yu Man Tang website
5. Enjoy foot reflexology from $22 at Wan Lin Healthcare Centre
Take a break from walking around Bugis Street with a Taiwanese massage at Wan Lin Healthcare Centre. A 20-minute foot reflexology session will cost you just $22 and can go up to 90 minutes ($60) when you have more time to spare.
If you’re feeling like a full body rejuvenation is required, opt for the foot and shoulder massage combinations starting at $38 for 40 minutes.
The centre has a cosy couples’ room, perfect for alone time with bae or a gossip session with a mate. If you want even more space, book a private room and block the world out for up to 3.5 hours.
Apart from multiple good reviews on the masseurs, customers have lauded the place for being well-maintained and clean. Plus, there are free charging cables and blankets next to every seat, so you can binge-watch your show while getting a massage without worrying about draining your phone battery.
Address: 149 Rochor Road, #02-07/13/14/15 Fu Lu Shou Complex, Singapore 188425
Opening hours: 10.30am-9pm, Daily
Contact: Wan Lin Healthcare website
6. Chase away mosquitoes with cypress wood from Musheng Pavilion
We’d say yes to a gorgeous home decor piece that also acts as a mosquito repellent device. All the artefacts and statues at Musheng Pavilion are made from an extremely rare species of cypress wood known to have a scent that fends off insects. Mosquito breeding prevention has never looked so aesthetic.
Grown in the mountains of northern China, these cypress trees have a very specific woody fragrance of wild trees with a sweet undertone. The scent has beneficial properties such as purifying the air and alleviating insomnia.
Smaller wooden trinkets start at $8.
The store has small to medium pieces that can be placed on side tables and shelves, as well as large standing wooden statement pieces.
Pro tip: Although the pieces won’t get spoilt by weather conditions if kept outdoors, the fragrance won’t be as prominent. So, keep them indoors to reap the full benefits.
Address: 149 Rochor Road, #02-02 Fu Lu Shou Complex, Singapore 188425
Opening hours: 10am-7pm, Daily
Contact: Musheng Pavilion Facebook
7. Use your SkillsFuture credits at Beauty Forever Learning Hub
Those who are looking to join the beauty and wellness industry, or simply want to learn something new, can check out Beauty Forever Learning Hub. The accredited training organisation offers courses related to the industry, including TCM.
Courses include massage techniques, foot reflexology, nail art, and bridal makeup. The latest trending course is on eyebrow embroidery. These are suitable for beginners with zero experience as well as spa professionals looking to upgrade their skills
Image credit: Beauty Forever Learning Hub Pte Ltd
The best part is that you can use your SkillsFuture credits for many of the courses. Upon completion, you’ll be awarded an internationally-recognised certificate or diploma so you can start work immediately.
Check out the full list of Beauty Forever Learning Hub SkillsFuture courses.
Address: 149 Rochor Road, #02-08 Fu Lu Shou Complex, Singapore 188425
Opening hours: 9am-6.30pm, Daily
Contact: Beauty Forever Learning Hub website
8. Shop for singing bowls & meditation cushions at Ren Ting Trading
Another one for those looking to spruce up their self-care rituals. Step into Ren Ting Trading and you’ll be greeted with a large variety of ritual items from mala bead necklaces to Tibetan prayer wheels. If you’ve got a temple or altar at home, you can also get supplies such as incense sticks, candles, and ringing bells for prayers.
Meditation cushion (left) and singing bowls (right).
Even if you’re not familiar with Buddhist praying rituals, you can make use of certain items such as meditation cushions to incorporate into your self-care routine. It’s easy to find free meditation sessions on YouTube, podcast channels, or phone apps.
Address: 149 Rochor Road, #03-07/08/09 Fu Lu Shou Complex, Singapore 188425
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10.30am-7.30pm | Sundays & PH 11am-7.30pm
Contact: Ren Ting Trading website
9. Get a Ba Zi reading from Serene Astrologer & Trading
Get some guidance on how to navigate the future with a Ba Zi reading by Master Yeow at Serene Astrologer & Trading. A professional feng shui master with expertise in Chinese astrology, Master Yeow has over 25 years of experience doing readings.
A Ba Zi chart reading will give you insights into some questions you may have about the future: Is the estate you’ve set your eyes on a good place for a new home? Should you propose to the person you’ve been dating?
Parents of children who are unsure which course of studies they should pursue can also ask Master Yeow for help in understanding the potential and talents of their kids.
Address: 149 Rochor Road, #03-13 Fu Lu Shou Complex, Singapore 188425
Opening hours: 12pm-8pm, Daily
Contact: Serene Astrologer & Trading website
10. Browse hundreds of authentic Thai amulets at Siam Arts
Especially popular in Thailand, Buddha amulets are believed to have powerful abilities such as bestowing luck or protecting the wearer from evil. Master Tham sits at Siam Arts selling amulets and offering his services in Thai astrology forecasting and feng shui consultancy.
The retail store has hundreds of authentic Thai amulets. These were sourced from trusted monks who have blessed the amulets. Each blessing ritual is conducted according to the needs of the wearer, such as attracting a partner or gaining fame.
So, whatever you’re looking for, ask Master Tham and you shall receive.
Address: 149 Rochor Road, #03-23 Fu Lu Shou Complex, Singapore 188425
Opening hours: 11am-8pm, Daily
Contact: Siam Arts website
11. Purchase Asian musical instruments at See Lian Enterprises
There aren’t that many shops in Singapore that sell Asian musical instruments. See Lian Enterprises is a hidden gem in Fu Lu Shou Complex that houses Guzheng, Erhu, and Dizi. If you are interested in western musical instruments, they also have violins, pianos, and harmonicas.
Kids and adults with some background in classical music wanting to pursue higher levels of learning can attend music classes taught by professional musicians. The teachers also organise concerts for students to perform locally and internationally. So, you get to show off your musical talents live and not just on TikTok.
Address: 149 Rochor Road, #03-28 Fu Lu Shou Complex, Singapore 188425
Opening hours: 10am-6pm, Daily
Contact: See Lian Enterprises website
12. Have a meal at just $3.50 from Jin Hong Vegetarian
Head down to the basement level of Fu Lu Shou Complex to grab a bite. A humble stall in Li Yuan Eating House, Jin Hong Vegetarian serves economic bee hoon and rice. Choose from plant-based meats, green veggies, and even the option of brown rice. Pretty healthy eh.
Patrons have been gushing about this place for affordable, generous, and delicious meals that start at just $3.50. Most of the dishes are suitable for vegans too.
Vegetarian pineapple fried rice ($3.50).
Image adapted from: @veggiexplorer
Other value-for-money dishes include vegetarian pineapple fried rice, Hokkien noodles, noodle soup, and mee goreng – all at $3.50 each.
Address: 149 Rochor Road, #B1-22 Fu Lu Shou Complex, Singapore 188425
Opening hours: 7am-6.30pm, Daily
Visit Fu Lu Shou Complex
Fu Lu Shou Complex is a one-stop destination to find all sorts of mystical goods and services. Get your fortune told, shop for crystals, and pray to a 4-faced Buddha statue. And if you’re not into any of this, you can still head to the mall for a relaxing massage or vegetarian meal while you’re in the area.
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Photography by Clement Sim.
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