This month, the North Deity Ancient Temple, stone inscriptions on Fenghuang Mountain and two Chen Clan Ancestral Halls in Bogang and Xinyang were added to the list of Bao’an district-level relic-protection sites. The district now has four provincial-level, seven city-level and 20 district-level relic-protection sites.
Stone inscriptions on Fenghuang Mountain
Beside the Fengyan Ancient Temple on Fenghuang Mountain in Fuyong, there are granite stone inscriptions made by monks during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
North Deity Ancient Temple
Built during the Ming Dynasty and refurbished in 1828 and 1994, North Deity Ancient Temple in Xixiang was built to worship the North Deity in Chinese religion, one of the cosmological “Five Forms of the Highest Deity.” The North Deity is also identified as Xuanwu or Zhenwu. By virtue of his association with the north he has been identified and revered frequently as a representation of the supreme God of Heaven. Every lunar March 3, folk events like temple fairs and pun choi feasts are held. Pun choi, meaning “basin cuisine,” is a Cantonese dish served in large wooden, porcelain or metal basins due to the communal style of consumption.
Bogang Chen Clan Ancestral Hall
The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall in Bogang Community in Shajing was built in 1794 and renovated in 1987. A large collection of southern Chinese artworks, for example, woodcarvings and pottery, can be found there. The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall complex exemplifies traditional Chinese architecture.
Xinyang Chen Clan Ancestral Hall
Covering 540 square meters, the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall in Xinyang Community in Shajing was built in 1789. The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall had a major impact on neighboring cultural and architectural developments.(SD News)
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