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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Landscaped Garden of Dong Zen Temple

ABC Wednesday Round 5

L is for ........ the Lovely Landscaped Garden of Dong Zen Temple, Jenjarom

The chinese word for landscaped garden is "shan shui", meaning mountain and water. In a typical chinese rock garden, there are rock-shaped mounds, bridges, pavillions and a pond with gold fishes or carps. Amidst cool and quiet surroundings, plants and rock formations provide the scenic beauty while fishes add life to the garden.

Can you see the man-made waterfall, the mini pavillion and a crane? The crane is regarded as a symbol of Longevity.

Lively koi or carps are symbols of good fortune. It is also a symbol of preseverence.
Chinese legend tells of carps swimming against the current to reach the Dragon Gate or Lung Men, transforming into a dragon. This signifies the attainment of immense success through preseverence. In a healthy pond where the kois are swimming happily, you shall be able to see them jumping up from the water regularly. That's exactly what they are doing here in Dong Zen. I love to watch them splish splashing around and I adore the way they swim towards me whenever I approach the pond.

Some families with school going children keep lots of carps in a pond in their homes, hoping that this will generate good fengshui and bring about excellent examination results. However, kois with a red dot on the head are taboo for this purpose because it is said to signify failure as legend has it that those carps that failed to cross the lung men will be indicated by a red dot on its head. I have not seen any carps with red dots here at the Dong Zen pond.

Today's post is an entry in ABC Wednesday Round 5, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt
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  1. Lovely pictures, so peaceful and zen

  2. Oh, yes! so very peaceful and beautiful! Love the information you include. I love koi, always enjoy watching them. Didn't know about the red dot! very interesting.



  3. I guess I must use the "L" too. What a Lovely photo of the mountain garden.

  4. Beautiful place. Love the little waterfall. I'd never heard the koi story which is fascinating. Thanks!

  5. I read fengshui book by Lillian Too.
    What a beautiful garden you have there.

  6. The rock garden with waterfalls is beautiful and I love that you told the story of the carp! Now I understand they it's such an important Chinese symbol (the crane too). Thank you!

  7. That is a lot of koi in one spot, great photo.

  8. Lovely pictures of the landscape.

  9. beautiful photos and interesting information too

  10. Very interesting story on the carp and the beautiful rock garden and pond. Good choice of photos.

  11. Very nice post and story of the carp jumping through the dragon gate.


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