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Hiang Thian Siang Ti — curious architecture 006

hello! i have an apology in order - it's been two months since i checked in to this space & my inbox is screaming for attention. i've received emails, checking if all is alright & i really appreciate the well thoughts. i have the best of readers, some of whom i can now call friends. it's hard to get back into the groove of things & with way too many changes around me, i am trying to balance it all. to be honest? i find my days shorter than ever these days that i can't remember when was the last time i turned on my personal laptop.

my Instagram has been the only channel i've managed to keep up with over the past months. i woke up this morning & reminded myself of the things that make me happy - and this space is right up there among the items at the top of my list. so here i am - back again! 

it's the Chinese New Year, so i'm hoping it's appropriate that i share these photos we took in Kuching last year. i've always been fascinated by the architecture of temples, the amount of delicate & intricate work that demand attention to every little detail within. temples in Kuching are boldly painted in red, some tucked right smack in the centre of the main streets where no one can walk past them without giving a serious glance in awe of their beauty.

this one in particular, is the Hiang Thian Siang Ti (Deity of the North) Temple. it's the smallest temple in Kuching, but with no lack of imposing sights. back in 1863, Teochew merchants who immigrated from China built this temple at its present site on Carpenter Street, & it is now sandwiched by commercial shop lots. 

it's hard to believe that this beautiful structure was once burned down by fire in 1884, & rebuilt in 1889. in 1968 it underwent a major renovation & the statues of deities were completely re-furbished with gold foils.a pompous celebration is held here annually - on the 4th day of the 12th lunar month. on normal days, the temple is so beautiful as it is, i could only imagine how grand it would look during the annual celebration. 

^ the little entrance. just a few steps away is the bustling traffic of the Carpenter Street and to the right/left, are shophouses. Carpenter Street is one of the busiest road in Kuching.

^ don't think i'll ever grow tired of looking at Chinese temples as each one is unique, even the lanterns are different but always as pretty.

^ the new lunar year is the year of the monkey & those born in the year of the tiger, like me, are expected to have a rather difficult year. i'm not one to believe in much superstition but here's a photo of a tiger on the temple wall - tigers are strong and we always pull through :)

^ a stunning urn that holds offered joss sticks, right in front of the entrance - billowing smokes everywhere.

^ i spent most of the minutes of my visit outside the temple, where the rooftop details caught my utmost attention. 

when one heard of Borneo, i suppose not many know of the existence of its colorful communities, let alone knowing that temples exists anywhere on its vast land. Sarawak Borneo in particular, is a place i'm proud to call home for this very reason - you never know what you'll find. 

p.s i've missed reading my favorite blogs, so i know how i'll spend the rest of my day today, right here at my desk. expect a little hello from Kuala Lumpur! :)

-Sharon