Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Book: Through the Bamboo Window

You might wonder what the Chinese temples in Singapore were like in 1950s. Thanks to the Singapore Heritage Society and additional hardwork put in by the original author of this book "Chinese Temples in Singapore", Dr. Leon Comber, this book combined with Dr. Comber's other books were put together and reprinted as "Through the Bamboo Window". And now, you have a chance to look through the bamboo window to what Chinese temples were like in Singapore in the 1950s.

Some of these temples are still around. Some were gone. It would be a delight taking this new old book on a tour of the mentioned temples and comparing what they are today. The book is now available at all major bookstores in Singapore and through the internet as well.

Thanks to the observant eyes of this "angmoh lang" (the Hokkien description of a caucasian), we have part of the history of Singapore temples captured and frozen through time.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a splendid thing to put all together in one book. I have the first edition! Looking forward to getting this book soon.

It usually takes an angmo lang to start something like this, some of the books on Taoism, etc.
R. Tan