Sunday, May 20, 2012

Penjing at Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery, Singapore

Last month, in Singapore, a friend-in-bonsai recommended to visit ‘Lian Shan Temple’. The taxi driver knew the place and told me that in the olden days the area was a crime district and the temple served as headquarters for triads and secret societies. Those days a long gone, but martial arts are still practiced in the temple. On my arrival, I found that its actual name is Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery and these days it is lost in a sea of high-rise apartment buildings. However, entering the monastery grounds is like stepping back in time. Elaborately decorated buildings adorned with carefully trained trees (see images below).
Have a closer look at some of those trees in the images below.

Garden trees were complimented by gorgeous rocks, some of which were petrified wood (see images below).

Check out images below. Image on the left shows a large rock used as a container for growing water lilies, while image on the right shows a rock used as a seat.

The monastery was also generously sprinkled with all sorts of potted plants. They were in open spaces, courtyards and passageways (see below).

Some of the potted plants were as large as the plants in the garden (images below).

Some of the potted trees looked grand, but large pots carved out of single pieces of granite were as impressive (see images below).

Finally, in one of the passageways I found penjing trees shaped as Chinese characters (see images below).

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