Yiuming Temple, Alexandria NSW 2015
August 29, 2012
Some thumbnails preparatory to some on-site sketching.
I’m familiar with the back of this building complex, peeping above its high grey walls, its distinct red and green tilework at odds with its surroundings. It sits at the end of a cul-de-sac in Regent Street. Residential high-rise has been replacing the old factories in this part of Sydney over the last two decades; where horse knackeries once stood, now sit apartment blocks and luxury car showrooms. The temple, with its accommodation for retired Chinese, has been here since the 1880s. With Chinese New Year growing in importance every year in Sydney, this temple opens its doors briefly to the public at that time. I understand the wonderful figurework at the roofline of the temple are characters from Chinese opera.
There is another similar temple/temple complex in Glebe of similar vintage.