More Georgetown; a touch of incense in the air!
Trip Start Jun 15, 2009
133Trip End Jun 14, 2010
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We were particularly excited by our visits to the Chinese temples
Khoo Kongsi, in some of our photo’s, was completed in 1901 and was, apparently, particularly magnificent. Therefore, no-one was surprised when the roof caught fire on the night it was completed. The builders put this down to divine jealousy of the ostentatious design, and so it was rebuilt slightly less extravagantly! However, as you can see, it is still fairly extravagant! As we were leaving, a wedding party turned up with a very strangely decorated (from my point of view) bridal car. See photo!
Our favourite temple was Kuan Yin Teng, which is dedicated to the goddess of mercy, good fortune, peace and fertility. Here, worshippers burn paper ‘money’, incense sticks, oil by the bottle-full and dragon joss sticks (the same stuff as normal joss sticks but about 10cm diameter) and on sticks about 2.5cm square.. In the past these appear to have got out of control so there is a sign outside requesting that, in the interests of safety, dragon flares no longer than four feet be burnt. The whole place is filled and surrounded by smoke and incense, inside and out!
We've included a video clip of the temple to give a sample of the clamour with gongs and pipes going like mad while people wander around with handfuls of burning material.As you may have realised by now, health and safety is not usually high on the agenda in this part of the world.