Chen Clan Academy (陈氏书院)
In the year of 1894, A local wealthy Chinese businessman Mr Chan Sow Lin was invited to attend the Inauguration Ceremony of Chen Clan Academy located at China, Guang Zhou, XiGuan.
After attend to the Inauguration ceremony, Mr. Chan Sow Lin has inspiration and start to build a similar architecture in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. The materials and master for this construction work are directly import and employ from China, this building is recognized as a standard Chinese traditional style architecture and listed by government as a heritage architecture. Recently the Chen Clan Academy building in Kuala Lumpur is already 111 years old.
Workshop Photo 1 : Carvings on the wall
Workshop Photo 2 : Another Photo
The defination of Chen Clan (陈氏) and Academy (书院)
陈氏 (Chen Clan)
Why the founder of Chen Clan Academy in Kuala Lumpur is Mr Chan but not Mr. Chen? It is because the pronounce of the word 陈(Chen) is different in dialets.
陈 -pronounce as Chen in Mandarin
- pronounce as Chan in Cantonese(Guang Zhou)
- pronounce as Chin in Hakka (Ke Jia)
- pronounce as Tan in Hokkien (Fu Jian)
书院 (Pin Yin : Shu Yuan) / Academy is refer to the place for teaching, study, debate and discussing in China since Tang Dynasty (618- 907 CE ), or in other word it is a school. Actually Chinese Academy system was start at the era of Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC) even earlier, but have no any school building as a fix location in ancient time, teachers are teaching in their own house or in the house of students. In ancient era, only tycoons and royalty members have chance to study.
Today, the building of Chen Clan Academy is no longer use as a school, but still as a meeting place for Chen's people. The building is partly use as Chen Clan Ancestral Hall.
Wikipedia: Chinese Culture - Ancestral hall
Wikipedia : School in ancient China
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serp2000 (45020) 2011-11-20 20:26
An interesting note and good illustration. Vivid bright colours and fine details.
Have a great week!
cargus (10456) 2011-11-20 22:03
An interesting architectural scene, sharpness exposure and natural colors are excellent!...well done.!!
pajaran (63420) 2011-11-20 23:39
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o akademiji i skolstvu u staroj Kini ...
Lep pogled na mesto i lepu zgradu akademije, lepa fotografija.
Dobra ostrina snimka i kontrast kojim ste pokazali lepotu i detalje na zgradi, lepe boje.
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja pocinje.
Very interesting and good article on the academy and the school system in ancient China ...
Nice view of the place and the building of a beautiful, beautiful images.
Good length and severity have shown that contrast the beauty and detail of buildings, beautiful colors.
Good work with some nice pictures at the workshop.
All the best in the new week begins.
Graal (103036) 2011-11-20 23:51
good 3 shots and presentation of Academy house. I like the colours and details in WS. Good note and photowork.
Have a nice day.
ChrisJ (116674) 2011-11-21 1:56
I love the repeating green dragons meandering across the top of the roofs. Good sharpness, colour, saturation & framing. Also a nice contrast beyween the old temple & new cars. Terima kasih / xie xie!
jemaflor (100065) 2011-11-21 3:09
Interesting view about this colourful academy, perfect sharpness, good choice for the angle even the lamp is in the middle ... difficult it was like that !
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-11-21 5:05
Ola Ally ,
Beleza este edifício bem colorido com estas cores vivas , tem uns belos detalhes no telhado , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
kato (11630) 2011-11-21 7:08
You're capturing well this academy by a good composition and excellent tone, so it's interesting to see an unique architecture with colorful painting. It's impressive in a chinese style and original color for roof and wall.
peppe59 (14555) 2011-11-21 7:58
interesting picture of this building very colorful, good light and sharpness.
congratulations and good week
adramad (47624) 2011-11-21 9:11
Great composition with this beautiful and original building, with this style of oriental flavor so surprising their bright colors, a good environment with these magnificent specimens of trees.
Good management of light and sharpness.
geoant68 (331) 2011-11-21 22:59
the view of the Chen Clan Academy is well presented with the local colours and the architecture of the building to dominate the image.The two WS complete perfectly the knowledge about the place.
Waylim (25502) 2011-11-22 17:50
Beautiful photo with really good colors. The gold and red really gives a strong essence of the Chinese culture and the architectural style. Excellent details and composition. I enjoyed the WS too.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-11-23 2:20
A good framing for the presentation of this very well coloured edifice. The vived color arise very well in the composition and give a beautiful contrast with the green of the vegetation.
dip (23890) 2011-11-23 2:27
one of the most multicolored buildings I've seen!
very interesting indeed,well captured,thanks for sharing,
batalay (39515) 2011-11-23 18:49
Thank you for an informative note along with an excellent photo. In the best spirit of TE, it represents a lesson in geography through photograph.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2011-11-23 20:27
beautiful architecture and you captured it superbly with great depth and clarity. Vibrant colours made it so attractive. Excellent note with it as ever. Very well done. Tfs.
papagolf21 (105198) 2011-11-24 4:07
Bonjour, chère Ally,
Outre la note très intéressante, le sujet présenté est de tout premier ordre quant à l'architecture et aux couleurs des façades et des toitures. Je remarque que les bâtiments disposent de moyens modernes tels que les climatiseurs.
Encore une image digne d'intérêt.
danos (100786) 2011-11-25 4:06
nice the view as the presentation of the Chen Clan Academy,with the WS to complete perfectly the whole image about it.I like the native colours,with the carvings on the wall to are so well seen.
sacimar (27459) 2011-11-26 4:27
I like the colors of the building, its architecture is also interesting, it's a good meeting point, good complementary images also, well done,
s_lush (16596) 2011-11-26 20:20
This colorful and well-designed building is a real masterpiece of traditional Chinese architecture. You have captured it from such a favorable point of view that shows the edifice in its full extend and with all architectural details. Excellent presentation, both visual and textual, of this well proportioned and richly decorated academy!
pierrefonds (68837) 2011-11-28 5:16
The trees are framing well the Academy. The point of view is showing the details and colors the architecture of the Academy. The light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
Kielia (24077) 2011-11-28 7:52
a very attractive impression of this interesting building that is very well composed. The light and the contrasting colors are beautiful. It seems to be a very busy place. My compliments also for the interesting note and the photos in WS!
jmdias (66301) 2011-11-29 1:03
a very curious building with different shapes and strong colors. nice image with good sharpness and light.
pablominto (53746) 2011-12-01 23:58
A colourful school indeed, even if I understand that is not the use any longer!
The colour combination is signalling China from a distance, which of course in enhanced by the special architecture...
All together a very fine presentation in image and text...!
tomi1 (2218) 2012-03-03 14:17
Again visting you. I was reading the commentary on the photo in Carneiros'beach. Believe me if I could wouln't mind to stay there a long time. (At least I dream with the reform). Then I may stay my own the time I want). I wonder how history relates the names of great men who let heritage to the society. His interest must have been to help and lead the future generations what is laudable. This is not a high construction what in my opinion is becomes further resistant. But the building stuff also must be taken in consideration. My warm regards. Tomi