Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Stonework of the Khoo Kongsi Temple

Due to generous donations to the clan, the Khoo Kongsi Temple includes some magnificent stone carvings. The stones were imported from the Fujian province in China. With just a hint of color, the rather neutral stonework contrasted with the brilliant gold and reds of the hall's interior. Ventilated windows came in round, octagonal, and rectangular shapes, each placed according to the hierarchal order of the Souther Fujian architecture. In addition to being decorative, the stone carvings filling the walls of the temple are full of symbolism and depict stories.

One of two lions facing towards the main hall, playing with two coins.

Stone child symbolizing beckoning of wealth
Read more about the stonework of the Khoo Kongsi Temple.

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