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Kuan Yin Temple

kayes



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kayes

Registered: July 2008
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December 26, 2008 2:19am

http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/kuanres2.jpg
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
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December 30, 2008 3:27pm

This is one of my favourite old temples in Penang. I can still recall my first visit there as a child in the early '70s. My mum and older siblings had gone inside to pray but I stayed outside near where those big joss-sticks are (in the pictures above) because I just could not take my eyes off those ornate carvings on the roof. I think it was during the Kuan Yin Festival and the place was packed to the rafters with worshippers. Before long, I came undone from the pall of smoke from all the burning joss-sticks, never mind the pushing and shoving from the fast-swelling crowd. I seem to remember there were other altars put outside at the time, too. Don't know who (my mum or I) panicked more when it became clear I was separated from the rest of my family for more than a good few minutes. Smile
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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December 31, 2008 1:34am

This is also my favourite Chinese Temple. Located along the "Street of Harmony" with the Mesjid Kapitan Keling Mosque and the St George's Church a mere stone's throw away. During certain Chinese festivals, the temple, especially inside can get pretty crowded and children are well advised to cling on to their moms.
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
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December 31, 2008 5:03am

It's the oldest Chinese temple in Penang. It's so popular among worshippers that many faithfuls from distant towns in other states make annual pilgrimages there for the Kuan Yin Festival.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,586
January 1, 2009 4:35am

Phoebe, here is a shot of the roof of a Chinese Temple in Fettes Park. Not as old as the Kuan Yin Temple but nevertheless, the ornate carvings look interesting.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/temproof.jpg
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
January 1, 2009 5:49am

It truly amaze's me Kayes,that the devotion,of someone,has been such that such intricate designs are kept so clean and painted.The amount of work in cleaning and painting this Icon,shows a real, true devotion.An excellent picture,if I may say?
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
January 1, 2009 5:56am

Perhaps I should have said,This shows the mark of a true Craftsman,who takes pride in his work.Something,sadly,missing in our Society today
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
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January 1, 2009 3:13pm

Kayes, many thanks for the pic of the roof carvings. I can very easily lose myself for days on end when admiring such intricate manual carvings. Reminds me of the many times I had to be dragged away by my travelling companions when we visited those beautiful temples in Bangkok.



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