Korean Wind Chimes

+ Wind chimes and Korean culture

+ Types of Korean wind chimes

+ Korean wind chime retailers

Chinese Wind Chimes

+ Wind chimes and Chinese culture

+ Types of Chinese wind chimes

+ Chinese wind chime retailers

Japanese Wind Chimes

+ Wind chimes and Japanese culture

+ Types of Japanese wind chimes

+ Japanese wind chime retailers

Other Asian Wind Chimes

Wind chimes and Chinese culture

The Chinese were the first to cast bronze wind bells (the precursuer to modern wind chimes) or 风铃(feng ling) around 1000 B.C. Over the centuries wind chimes gradually gained religious significance, becoming intertwined with the Chinese cultural traditions of Bugdhism, Confucianism and Feng Shui. Wind chimes are supposed to bring good luck. They are often hung near places of religious significance such as temples, shrines and grottos, sometimes in great numbers.

Wind Chimes and Feng Shui

In the world of Feng Shui people try to align their physical surroundings to create an environment conducive to health, happiness and prosperity. The goal being to allow the winds of fortune or "Chi" to flow freely through their home or business. Wind chimes can influence how Chi flows through a space.

Wind chimes help slow positive energy as it approaches a building, inviting it inside. For those in the north, west and northwest location a metal wind chime is recommended while those in the east, south and southeast location will benefit most from a wind chime made of bamboo or wood.

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The type of luck a person wants to attract to their home or business can be controlled by the number of rods on the wind chime. To suppress bad luck five solid metal rods should be used. The number of rods required on a wind chime to attract good luck is said to be four, six, seven, eight or 18.

Metal wind chimes are credited with suppressing bad energy but should only be installed inside a home or office. When a metal wind chime is hung outside a building, it can attract Sha Chi, thought to be bad luck and the opposite of chi. Bamboo wind chimes should be hung outside a home or business to help slow down the affects of approaching negative energies.

Wind chime festival

The Kanding Wind Chime Festival is an annual event held on Mashalu beach in Kanding, Taiwan. The Kanding Wind Chime Festival is dedicated to the celebration of wind chimes an features numerous displays, exhibitions and workshops. There is also a large market where manufacturers, artists and private collectors can come together to buy and sell wind chimes of every kind imaginable.

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