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Here are some fine examples of intricately carved beams that feature in various Chinese temples and houses. These images depict Chinese dragons and other mythological images, that were used both as a display of wealth, but also to protect the building from ancient evil spirits. They are usually carved from dense hardwoods such as teak and cherry, stained in a dark colour.

Here are some fine examples of intricately carved beams that feature in various Chinese temples and houses. These images depict Chinese dragons and other mythological images, that were used both as a display of wealth, but also to protect the building from ancient evil spirits. They are usually carved from dense hardwoods such as teak and cherry, stained in a dark colour.

Sanctuary of Truth ( Wang Boran / Prasat Mai). The sanctuary is an all-wood building temple in Pattaya, Thailand, filled with sculptures based on traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs.

Sanctuary of Truth ( Wang Boran / Prasat Mai). The sanctuary is an all-wood building temple in Pattaya, Thailand, filled with sculptures based on traditional Buddhist and Hindu motifs.

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