The Han Jiang Teochew Temple (or Hanjiang Ancestral Temple) is a Chinese temple located along Chulia Street (Lebuh Chulia) in George Town and right at the cross junction of Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling. It is the community temple of the Penang Teochew Association. Completed in 1870, it serves as the community temple of the Penang Teochew Association which was formed in 1855 by six Teochew migrants.
One of the most common mythical creatures in Chinese lore is the Qilin. Qilin looks like a cross-breed of a dragon and a giraffe although historically, Qilin was said to have originated from the giraffe. According to Chinese beliefs, Qilin is a divine creature that protects against evil and therefore, usually appears as sculptures or paintings in temples as well as in ancient Chinese architecture.
Painted portraits of the Chinese deities known as the Door Guardians (Menshen). The Door Guardians are believed by the Chinese in ancient times to guard against evil spirits from entering ae house or its premise.
Ancient sculpture adorning the old rooftop that forms part of the heritage facade of the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, in Church Street, George Town.
A wall that separates two clan houses in George Town’s heritage zone, the Cheah Kongsi at Armenian Street and the Lim Kongsi at Ah Quee Street.
View from the Cheah Kongsi temple balcony, facing Beach Street in George Town.
Cheah Kongsi clan temple, Armenian Street, George Town.
A common sight in George Town. A Chinese temple roof adorned with mythical creatures sculptures.
A closeup of the gate of the Lim Kongsi reveals that the Lim (or Lin 林) Chinese character is inscribed into the iron grill gate itself.
The Lim Kongsi (Lim Clan Association) is a Hokkien association located at Ah Quee Street, George Town.