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Han Jiang Ancestral Temple

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.

Han Jiang Ancestral Temple

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.

comments (20)

Amazing! Thank you for the explanation!
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the appreciating comment, Elizabeth.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Nov 2017, 04:35
You don't mess around with these two. Very decorative. Thank you, Ayush for explaining the scene.
Ayush Basu: It deserved the additional text, Astrid. Thank you for the feedback.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 15 Nov 2017, 05:38
Superbe ! Ils ont un regard méchant
Ayush Basu: I agree, Martine - that was by design.
I declare! "Enter here, if you must, but behave yourself!" smile
Ayush Basu: That would be counsel to heed, Ginnie tongue
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Nov 2017, 06:15
Two mean looking dudes. They may give Vin Diesel a hard time. I find it interesting that the darker skin depicts hot headedness. The white western types tend to go red (or a shade of pink), when being hot headed.
Ayush Basu: Well they are not hirsutely challenged, Louis!
The bit about the skin is what is recorded in legends but then such characters have descriptions which are no longer much reliable, in my opinion.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 15 Nov 2017, 06:23
They certainly would stop you in your tracks before entering, Ayush
Ayush Basu: I would not have made this picture if they did not consent, Lisl grin
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 15 Nov 2017, 06:23
They really do look fierce
Ayush Basu: I would be suitably subdued by them if I met either one in a dark alley, Chris.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Nov 2017, 06:31
Fabulous traditional Chinese Temple Art!
Ayush Basu: Some of the best that I ever saw, has been in Penang, Ray.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Nov 2017, 07:13
I think this is the fist time I've seen a coloured skin on such a character. It made me think it was much more decent than 1870. They look formidable guards.
Ayush Basu: The bit about the skin is what is recorded in legends but then such characters have descriptions which are no longer much reliable, in my opinion, Alan.
Très expressive cette peinture ..cela ne donne pas vraiment envie d'y entrer dans ce temple ..
Merci pour les explications
Bonne journée
Ayush Basu: Thank you for following the series, Claudine. And a good day to you too.
They are great characters and the one on the left certainly does look very fierce
Ayush Basu: Being guardians of the temples, they are almost always fierce looking, Bill.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 15 Nov 2017, 07:56
Let’s hope they don’t fall out with each other.
Ayush Basu: They would have to find other doors to grace then, Chad.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 15 Nov 2017, 08:39
well, those two don't look like happy campers lol beautiful painting of them tho i'm not sure i would go thru those doors lol
Ayush Basu: Yes, Elaine, not very welcoming, are they? grin
I don't like the eyes at all.
Ayush Basu: They are rather piercing and fierce looking, Mary.
Very Oriental looking paintings.
Ayush Basu: These doors are made much more appealing with these striking depictions, Brian.
Just got back from Malaysia smile
Had such a wonderful time!
Ayush Basu: I am sure it was memorable, LC.
Wonderful!
Ayush Basu: It is indeed, Tom.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Nov 2017, 23:09
A fine mural and explanation. Thank you smile
Ayush Basu: Your appreciation made it well worth the effort, CP!
Such great faces...
Ayush Basu: You are supposed to say that with trepidation, Larry tongue
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Nov 2017, 14:00
How lovely is that!
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you find it that, Anne. Thank you.

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