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This lightbox contains images of religious places I have visited while travelling through a few countries of South East Asia. Some of them are very old, others more contemporary but they all reflect the culture and customs of their builders.
Photo Count: 20
First Published: 20141125
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1. Ruins of St Paul Cathedral, Macau. The elaborately carved facade of the Jesuit's church from the start of the seventeenth century presides over the historic part of the town. The lawns are decorated with artificial trees and pink flowers for the approaching celebrations of the Chinese New Year.
2. Wishing tree, A-Ma Temple, Macau. As it is their tradition, people come to the temple to pray for good luck and good fortune for the New Year. Such wishes are written on the red ribbons and tied to a tree or to a specially prepared railings in the inner courtyard.
3. A-Ma Temple, Macau. The shrine stood on the rocky hill when China was ruled by the Ming Dynasty some five centuries ago. Dedicated to the goddess A-Ma, the temple was restored over time and still has an important place in the hearts of the Macanese. Every year the worshipers crowd the temple to pay homage to their protector and to celebrate various events and religious festivals.
4. The Cathedral, Macau. This light and spacious Catholic church was rebuilt in the mid-twentieth century to replace the previous one destroyed by a typhoon some sixty years earlier.
5. The Christ Church of Malacca, Malaysia. The Dutch Protestant community built the church in the 18th century and used it until 1838. When Malacca was handed over to the British in the 19th century, it was re-consecrated and named the Christ Church. It still serves local congregations.
6. Chinese temple lions, Malacca, Malaysia. A pair of lions guards the entrance to the Chinese temple in Jalan Tokong.
7. Cheng Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, Malaysia. Also called Quing Yun Ting, this is a part of the Chinatown's temple dating from 1646. It is decorated for the celebrations of the Chinese New Year. Two lions guard the entry.
8. Sanduo Chinese temple, Malacca. This small temple, built at the end of the eighteenth century is one of the oldest in Malacca (Melaka) city. Its location - Jalan Tokong also known as Street of Harmony. That old area of Malacca is classified as the UNESCO site.
9. Hari Krishna temple, Street of Harmony, Malacca, Malaysia. This temple in located in the heart of the old town.
10. Chen Hoon Teng temple, Malacca, Malaysia. The interior of the three hundred years old Chinese temple is intricately decorated with carvings, furniture, gold decorations and images from the life of Buddha. The building materials were brought from China in the mid 1600's. After recent renovations the temple became one of the World heritage sites.
11. Indian temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in the Chinatown was being restored when this photo of the courtyard decorations was taken. The temple dates back to the colonial times of the early twentieth century.
12. Minarets of Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two minarets (one pictured) are about twenty seven metres tall. With their red and white stripes they look stunning against the pale sky.
13. Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The domes and minarets decorate the roof of this stunning structure, another of the Arthur Benison Hubbock designs.
14. Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Opened by the Sultan of Selangor in 1909, this is the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur. It stands on the very spot where in the 1850s the settlement began.
15. Tian Hock Keng Temple, Singapore. The temple dedicated to Ma Po Cho goddess comes from the mid nineteenth century. It is the oldest Buddhist temple in Singapore that was declared in 1973 a national monument.
16. KMSPKS Buddhist Monastery, Singapore. The Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery is a complex of several temples, prayer halls and monks quarters. The red roofs are studded with the fantastic mythological figures and buildings facades are decorated with columns, painting or sculptures. Set in the beautiful gardens they are a stunning sight.
17. Dharma Hall, Buddhist Monastery, Singapore. The impressive two storeys Dharma Hall at the KMSPKS Monastery has the lecture halls on the ground floor and a library housing the Buddhist scriptures and books on the upper level.
18. The Hall of Precepts, KMSPKS Monastery, Singapore. The Hall of Precepts on the monastery grounds is a delightful place for studying and meditating on the Buddhist practices.
19. Pagoda, KMSPKS Buddhist Monastery, Singapore.. The pictured Pagoda of 10000 Buddhas has a tall golden stupa piercing the bright blue sky. The stupa is lined on the inside with the 9999 small Buddha images. The last and the largest one is the bronze statue of Medicine Buddha on the altar.
20. Sultan Mosque, Singapore. The mosque is located in the Kampong Gelam area and it is the second structure on this site. The first one was built there in 1826 and about one hundred years later rebuilt and expanded to meet the needs of the growing Muslim community.
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