At 127 Chulia Street (of George Town, Penang), a beautifully decorated and maintained temple-clanhouse stands, belonging to the Penang Teochew Association. It dates back to 1870 and was built by the immigrants from Guangdong province of China. The entrance is moderately large and features typically painted fierce looking door guardians on the central, man door. I am told these door guardians are reported to be generals from the Tang dynasty and the one on the left is always rendered in a darker skin tone, to signify hot headed bravado and his decisive initiatives. Being painted on two leaves of the doors means that the representation of their hairdo, armour and weapons are better appreciated after closing hours when the doors are shut.
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