Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum
This place was built as a college in 1888. It has very beautiful
architecture features. This large "Academy" is a symmetric complex consisting
of 19 buildings with nine halls and six courtyards . The Chen clan is very
large in Guangzhou -- but also around the world.
Two American members were instrumental is raising funds
for its construction. The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall complex exemplifies
traditional Chinese architecture and decoration style, and has influenced
cultural and architectural developments worldwide. It was added in the
list of "Cultural Relics of National Importance under the Protection of
the State" in 1988.
This Ancestral Hall (now a folk craft museum) is an oasis
of traditional culture in the midst of modernity, high rise buildings and
construction cranes in the background.
The Hall is a symmetric complex consist of 19 buildings
with nine halls and six courtyards. The roof tops are quite stunning and
very unusual with colourful ceramic adornments and stained glass panels
like nothing we've seen elsewhere in China.
From the doors with the huge pictures on them to the intricate
decorations of the roof, this museum is fascinating on a number of levels.
Originally built to honour all people with Chen surname, it now also includes
various art and other displays of interest.
This large complex of buildings contains numerous courtyards
with beautifully maintained flowers, shrubs and trees. The buildings in
the Hall are fully decorated with carvings: wood, stone, brick, pottery,
plaster and iron engravings. The content of these decorations are mostly
flowers, birds, Cantonese fruits and scenes in traditional dramas.
On display are a number of tradional rooms and a large
collection of southern China art pieces, furniture, utensils, ceramics,
and ivory. We found the carved ivory most impressive.