Monday, September 8, 2014

Family Community X Multi-functionality: Chen Clan Academy 陳家祠

recently this topic of

Guangzhou surfaced and

due to a new acquaintance

 

out of nowhere I realized

the most important landmark is

actually missing from my

GuangZhou Travelogue, which

include as below:

Growing Tan X Learning Zen: GuangZhou, in Ten

Oriental Door X Italian Wall: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall 中山紀念堂(廣州)

Buddhism Guard X Oriental Art: Five Hundred Arhats 五百羅漢

 

good thing doesn’t transient with time 

let’s do a Monday throw-back

 

let’s explain the name

literally speaking

Chen: one of the most common surname, 陳

Clan: it’s a multi-purpose center for the Chens

Academy: including establishment of school

 

but somehow the Mandarin name

does not denote the exact meaning

Chen Jia Ci 陳家祠,

literally means

the family temple of the Chen

since the most important functions of

such clan-based centre is

for the memorial and worshiping of

the ancestors 

 

both names, nevertheless 

capture the function of the

center/temple/school

 

it survived the raid of

Cultural Revolution because

it was turned into a factory for

printing Maoist book

 

exterior

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inside the academy

ain’t you feeling lucky that

it’s a hot summer day?

yeah definitely

photos always look better on a sunny day

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on display

in other words

this is now also a museum

showcasing the local arts & crafts

in the Cantonese region

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Chen Clan Academy a.k.a.

Chen Family Temple

is on top of the list of

must-visit for GuangZhou!

that’s for sure

Guangzhou 廣州: Chen Clan Academy 陳家祠

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