Chinese Architecture- Guangzhou (Canton)

Wongtaisin Temple

architect

 

location

Guangzhou, China

date

recent

style

Historicist

construction

Base and outside walls are made of brick, the balustrades made of stone, and the eaves and banisters encircling the structure are made of wood.

type

Temple
 
 
 
 
Wongtaisin is the Cantonese pronunciation; in Mandarin it’s Huangdaxian. Wongtaisin is a Taoist god who is said to have been born in the 4th century in Zhejiang Province and later achieved immortality by his study of Taoist secrets. The temple is obviously a brand new one (probably built with money from overseas Chinese donors). Despite the fact that it is a Taoist temple, one of the three main halls is dedicated to Guanyin, a Buddhist bodhisattva. Another of the four gods enshrined in the south halls is Confucius. The third major god here is Master Lu, a Tang era Taoist who was originally known as Lu Dongbin.

Bibliography

All images copyright 2001 Professor Kerk L. Phillips of Brigham Young University, Utah, USA.
Visit his webpage at www.pomosa.com
 

links

With special thanks to www.orientalarchitecture.com
www.essential-architecture.com