- 24 Solar Terms Paper-Cutting Art
- The three Gods Of Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity
- Street Art
- Chinese Chess Board
- Street Art
- Twenty-Four Filial Exemplars
- Chinese Herb Garden
- Chinese Zodiac
- Serenity Park
24-Solar-Term Iron Paper-Cutting
The 24 solar terms is an ancient way of guiding agricultural activities in China started from the warring state period. As Chinese lunar calendar is a ‘fused calendar of yin and yang’, which means basing on the operations of the sun and moon, it doesn’t completely reflect the orbiting cycle of the sun.
Chinese Chess Board
It took 3 months to turn the area into a large chinese chessboard. The chessboard is formed by the intersection of 9 vertical lines and 10 horizontal lines. It is divided into 64 grids with a total area of 42 feet X 33 feet (12.8 meters X 10 meters). It is divided into two groups of red and blue, with 16 in each group.
The Twenty-four Chinese Filial Exemplars
In promoting the spirit of filial piety contained within the Chinese culture and Confucianism, Thean Hou Temple of the Selangor and FT Hainan Association has specially created the 24 Filial sculptures and placed them at the rear area. (Now relocated to the side of Ci Hui Court). The 24 stone sculptures stand hefty and majestic. They are special grade Gutian green sculptures which have been specially ordered and brought in from Hui‘an County…
Chinese Herb Garden
The Selangor & Federal Territory Hainan Association’s Than Hou Temple worships Mazu as the main deity. It is also an important organisation that promotes the Mazu culture in the country. In order to further manifest Mazu’s core values of ‘morality, benevolence and compassion’, the temple is reviving its ‘Shennong Medicinal Garden’ by planting hundreds of Chinese medicinal herbs to reflect Mazu’s great compassion in treating the needy with herbal medicines.
On the right area of the main building are where the statues of the 12 zodiac signs are located. The 12 zodiacs are also part of the Chinese culture. English captions are available beside each zodiac, thus enabling foreign visitors to have a deeper understanding of the culture of 12 zodiacs.
The first thing to catch your sight in the front area of Thean Hou Temple main building is Serenity Garden. With the spacious square available in this area, it is an ideal place to foster family relationship, for people to make wishes before the wishing pond. Some would also practice Tai Chi to cultivate a healthy body and mind. Therefore, it is named ‘Yi Xin Yuan’ (Serenity Garden) – a place of relaxation.