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photoblog image Bright Hill Temple, Singapore

Bright Hill Temple, Singapore

Flat roofs are uncommon in Chinese architecture while gabled roofs are omnipresent owing to the Buddhist belief that they helped ward off evil spirits. The intricate designs on the roof have elaborate, bright colors and eye-popping designs. There are avenues of lions, mythical animals, officials and guardians carved from marble, standing guard and offering their protection from evil spirits and sometimes just for decoration. There are some down sides to having all of these decorations of the roof: the tremendous weight could bring down the entire ceiling, which is why additional colonnades to support the weight were sometimes added under the outer edges.


This image was taken at the Bright Hill Temple, aka as Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, a name that I absolutely cannot retain in my memory.

Bright Hill Temple, Singapore

Flat roofs are uncommon in Chinese architecture while gabled roofs are omnipresent owing to the Buddhist belief that they helped ward off evil spirits. The intricate designs on the roof have elaborate, bright colors and eye-popping designs. There are avenues of lions, mythical animals, officials and guardians carved from marble, standing guard and offering their protection from evil spirits and sometimes just for decoration. There are some down sides to having all of these decorations of the roof: the tremendous weight could bring down the entire ceiling, which is why additional colonnades to support the weight were sometimes added under the outer edges.


This image was taken at the Bright Hill Temple, aka as Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, a name that I absolutely cannot retain in my memory.

comments (14)

I remember these decorations from my trip to Thailand and was impressed with the detail in them. Nice one Ayush.
Beautiful Ayush, so ornate. No need to retain the name in your memory - as it's now in your archives!
What magnificent composition of such a beautiful Temple Ayush....petersmile
A truly wonderful picture Ayush.
a good composition
Wonderful craftsman ship isn't it.
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 24 Aug 2011, 02:24
Looks as the background was designed for this shot! Wonderful detail
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Aug 2011, 07:32
Very interesting read. Well captured
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Aug 2011, 10:00
Somehow these roofs remind me of slave galleys in Asterix's time smile
Very good shot. The bright roof top with such decorating pieces of mythical animals are a real eye catching subject.Also complimenting the beautiful blue sky in back ground.You are right really uncommon roof in Chinese architecture and looking quite interesting.
Looks good against the sky.
  • Arash
  • Dubai
  • 25 Aug 2011, 07:10
Thanks for sharing all those information about the design and the ideas behind.
Construcción artesana, buen disparo.

Saludos
  • Anita
  • United States
  • 14 Sep 2011, 11:29
Fantastic roof!!

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