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The Temple Of The Dragon Mountains

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The temple of the Dragon Mountains, or the temple of Khoo kongsi is the most famous and largest clan temple of Penang island. Its history goes back more than a century and a half.

The main wave of Chinese immigration to the island is on XIX century. Although the Chinese were here much earlier and was first rooted by foreigners in Penang. Arriving immigrants organized the clan community kongsi. The Khu clan, whose members came from southern China, soon became famous and powerful community. Three large family, together with this clan, formed the basis of Chinese immigrants on the island. Clan members of KCU in 1851 he built for his family clan complex, resembles an isolated village with their own social, financial, community and educational organizations, as well as their self-government. The dominant feature was a magnificent clan temple. The incident soon, a fire destroyed most of the buildings of the clan. Many considered this a punishment for pride, because the temple of luxury could compete with the Chinese Imperial Palace of the time. Known for hard work, the Chinese in five years, everything was rebuilt again. After the Japanese bombing of the Second world war the Church was restored again in all its glory.

Today, the temple Khoo kongsi is still the pride of the clan. Beautiful building complex architecture, richly decorated with carvings by Chinese artists. Virtually all of its elements: walls, stairs, columns and roof beams, and the roof itself is the result of hard work of carvers, painters and sculptors. No detail of the temple are not ignored, even ordinary Chinese paper lanterns covered with the finest paintings. Statues of snakes, tigers and dragons fill the Church and even the roof. The decoration of the temple is saturated with gold trim, fancy monograms, murals, carved stone, bone and wood.

The temple holds the ashes of deceased family members, and there are plaques with the names of all members of the clan. But the documented history of KCU consists of half a Millennium. The members of this powerful clan are living today throughout Southeast Asia, Europe and America.

The temple is surrounded by the clan community, including traditional theatre, which hosts colorful national holidays and are performances of Chinese Opera.