I walked back to Telok Ayer Street in Singapore this morning in time to go into the Thian Hock Keng Temple before anyone else arrived. I had about 30 minutes to roam about freely and take photos in the soft, early light. The construction of this Hokkien temple lasted from 1839 until 1842, according to the information on their website. The plaque in the last image was apparently presented by the Chinese Qing dynasty Emperor Guang Xu in 1907, with the rough translation of "gentle waves over the south seas" (also helpfully mentioned on the temple's website).
I found that using a fast 50mm lens and high ISO settings allowed for reasonably crisp and acceptably-exposed interior images without a tripod and without flash.