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Another truly Taoist Temple of Guan Yu in ShanTou, China   1 comment


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This is the truly Taoist Temple located next to the one I had blogged yesterday. It ii identical to the structure and architecture but the Taoist Dieties worshipped are not the same. Kuan Kong or Guan Yu is the main diety worshipped here. I had hardly any time shooting here as the bus is moving off. I did these shots in 10 minutes or so.
From Wikipedia

Guan Yu (died 219) was a general serving under the warlord Liu Bei during the late Eastern Han Dynasty of China. He played a significant role in the civil war that led to the collapse of the Han Dynasty and the establishment of the state of Shu Han during the Three Kingdoms period, of which Liu Bei was the first emperor.

As one of the best known Chinese historical figures throughout East Asia, Guan’s true life stories have largely given way to fictionalized ones, mostly found in the historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms or passed down the generations, in which his deeds and moral qualities have been lionized. Guan is respected as an epitome of loyalty and righteousness.

Guan was deified as early as the Sui Dynasty and is still worshipped by many Chinese people today, especially in southern China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong and their descendants overseas. He is a figure in Chinese folk religion, popular Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism, and small shrines to Guan are almost ubiquitous in traditional Chinese shops and restaurants.

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One of my favourite Temples on my Fujian Tour 2011   Leave a comment


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This Taoist Temple is a small one compared to the bigger Temples I had seen in ShanTou. All the Taoist Dieties are female and it is a very old Temple. As seen from the photographs, it has real character and the architecture and stone carvings are really ancient and not replicas of sort. The Toaist Temple next to this Mazu Temple is also my favourite.

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LongQuan Temple of Shantou, China   Leave a comment


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After visiting so many Temples in the Fujian Tour, I forgot about the names of some of the Temples. As I was educated in the English medium, well reading Chinese characters is “Greek” to me. Let me check and confirm if the name is correct. I can remember the Pagoda or Tower of this Temple has an in-built lift.

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Another Famous Temple of Shantou, China   Leave a comment


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I am uploading 3 photos first as the internet is slow. Many more shall be uploaded soon. Apology for the inconvenience. Bye.

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The Thai Wat or Buddhist Temple in Shantou, China   Leave a comment


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This Thai Buddhist Temple or rather a Buddhist Temple in Thai architecture was built is Shantou by a prominent Thai overseas Chinese.

From Wikipedia
Shantou (simplified Chinese: 汕头; traditional Chinese: 汕頭; pinyin: Shàntóu; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Sòaⁿ-thâu), historically known as Swatow or Suátao, is a prefecture-level city on the eastern coast of Guangdong province, People’s Republic of China, with a total population of 5,391,028 as of 2010 and an administrative area of 2,064 square kilometres (797 sq mi). With it and the immediately surrounding cities of Jieyang and Chaozhou, the metropolitan region – known as Chaoshan – covers an area of 10,404 square kilometres (4,017 sq mi), and had a permanent population of 13,937,897 at the end of 2010.

Shantou, a city significant in 19th-century Chinese history as one of the treaty ports established for Western trade and contact, was one of the original Special Economic Zones of the People’s Republic of China established in the 1980s, but failed to blossom like other cities such as Shenzhen, Xiamen and Zhuhai. However, it remains as Eastern Guangdong’s economic centre, and is home to Shantou University, a member of the “Project 211” group.

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From ZhangZhou to ChaoZhou then to ShanTou, China   Leave a comment


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The journey in Fujian continued with the tour bus taking us to ChaoZhou ( Home of the Teochews ) along the highway. There was an intreresting stop at the highway but I did not catch the name of the place. Finally we arrived at ChaoZhou to stop for lunch.

From Wikipedia:-
Chaozhou (Chinese: 潮州; pinyin: Cháozhōu; Wade–Giles: Ch’ao²-chou¹; literally “Tide Prefecture”; alternatively spelled Chiuchow, transliterated from its Cantonese pronunciation; also widely known by its Postal map spelling Teochew,) is a city in eastern Guangdong province of the People’s Republic of China. It borders Shantou to the south, Jieyang to the southwest, Meizhou to the northwest, the province of Fujian to the east, and the South China Sea to the southeast. It is administered as a prefecture-level city with a jurisdiction area of 3,110 square kilometers and a total population of 2,669,844.[1] Chaozhou is part of the Chaoshan region.
Also from Wikipedia relating to Penang:-There is also a large number of Teochew people in Penang, Malaysia. In the early 19th century some Teochew people settled here and in 1855, they founded the Teochew Association, which also includes a temple in Chulia Street, George Town. The community continued to grow until in 1919, a school named after the Han River, Han Chiang School, was founded to provide education for the people. Today, during some large occasions, the Teochew community still holds Teochew operas here. Other than that, Han Chiang School went on to become one of the most famous education institutions in Penang. They have 3 schools, namely SJK(C) Han Chiang, Han Chiang High School and Han Chiang College.
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