Hall after the entrance with current and former directors of this branch. They are 3 tiers down from the Dragon Head. A Burmese woman with sunscreen on her face, let me in.
Mandalay City design makes this Branch (Pao Bing Tong) location very obscured. With members dwindling and government oppression for 4 decades, the first 2 floors are rented out to Burmese vendors. It is also used as Guan Di Temple (the God of War) .
The proper name of this branch is Guang Hua She, Pao Bing Tong of the Great Hong Mountain,
Part of a diptych glorifying the deity,
2 former directors
Current director, Wu Zhong Yung, have served the Chinese Community for decades. He was instrumental in sending Burmese Chinese to study and as refugees to Taiwan when the government got too oppressive.
Diptych in front of Guan Di: Why bother offering incense if one does not have 30% of loyalty to your friends.
Diptych in front of Guan Di: One must have a bit of Loyalty (to serve) to enter this temple.
These tables don't look like mahjong, but like casual meals for a large group. The wok is for burning paper offerings.
The Deity, Guan Di, is reading a Chinese classic, "Spring and Autumn".
Framed ranking system and house rules of the Chinese Freemasons. Very good intentions for a stable society.
Statement of expense for the special function to commemorate Guan Di's bravery who went to the enemy's camp without much backing.
A local merchant who is a Chinese Freemason member, lead me into the temple to pay respect.
A ceiling fan with donors' name.
The second floor is rented out for Burmese migrant workers as sleeping quarters.
The second half of the diptych was almost hidden by a vendor.
A burmese vendor provides sewing services up front.