The Golden Luohans and the Red Monks

You may notice that I have started a series on The Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas.

This is a strange sight as you climb up the hill on your way to the temple.

Spread over the hillside are some Luohans or Arhats.CIMG7334

They are not only coated in gold, but they have different expressions / postures.

Some of them are mounted on an animal too.

Very interesting!

The only view that I have seen and, in a way similar to this one, is the view I saw in the hills of HungLuo Temple, Beijing.DSCF2610

In the forest, there are dozens of monks who are clothed in red.

The picture shows the rear views of the monk statues.

I have pictures of their front views too but they are too disrupted from the shadows cast onto the statutes.

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A Chinese Gargoyle?

Western architecture made use of Gargoyles to discharge rain water from the roof so they it won’t stain the walls.

A figure, sometimes a grotesque one with a trough behind it, Β is judiciously placed to collect water and discharge it at a distance from the walls.CIMG7297

Here is a figure I have taken at the Temple of the Ten Thousand Buddhas.

I don’t think it is a gargoyle; it doesn’t help to discharge rain water ; but it did remind me of gargoyles!

Below is another one showing the frontal view.CIMG7298

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate (Dragon)

Have shown some pictures of the Temple of the Ten Thousand Buddhas recently.CIMG7295

Here is another one which was taken of the roof in their temple up on the hills of Shatin, Hong Kong.

In the middle is the Golden Dragon; it looks so lively and full of vitality.