Culture is a symbol of thought
Symbolic images in the Chinese temples are one of the earliest cultural phenomenon by mankind. The basis for generating these symbolic images is to understand man and nature. Symbolic images are also used to explain the myth, as well as a record of the traditions and customs (Comber, 1958 & Lip, 1983). In Singapore, there are a few Chinese temples than are built more than 100 years ago. Some of the symbolic images within them have lost its meaning due to the lack of proper archiving. Focusing on Hokkien architectural-style temples in Singapore, this artist book explores the origin and the meaning behind the symbolic images through the lenses of visual communication.