Heaven, or Hell
The elaborate gilded altar
A side entrance to the temple with the carved relief of Heaven, (or Hell)
The residents, keeping an eye on the proceedings
The the house described in Monday's post, Pinang Peranakan Mansion, has all the requisites that any self-respecting Baba-Nyonya Chinese would need, including its own temple, depicted here. The temple has intricate carvings of both heaven and hell, which face each other on either side of the open courtyard. It was difficult to determine which was which, so I can't recall whether the picture I took is heaven or hell. However, to the right of this area a group of bats had taken up residence in the rafters and they buzzed around from time to time adding an unexpected air of eeriness to the scene.
...Like a bat out of hell
I'll be gone when the morning comes...
For myself, the continuing disruptions in the city have rectified a long overdue exploration of one of Thailand's islands. In the morning we're off to Koh Samet, in the Gulf of Siam. Back in a few.