In response to norm’s thursday door.
a very ordinary door.
In response to norm's thursday door.
In response to norm’s photo challenge: thursday doors.
In the neck of my woods, Penang is known for a few things – great street art, great street food and a UNESCO World Heritage city. All of that were exciting, enticing and engaging a first time visitor like myself. As I was exploring the island-city I became enchanted with front doors of some of the heritage houses.
This door is mildly famous because it’s in Kudee Lane in the old Portuguese neighborhood behind the Santa Cruz Church. It’s claim to fame is its brillant color and the Catholic motifs that dotted around the neighborhood. Also, it’s opposite to a mixed Portuguese-Chinese styled house that has been transformed into small museum. Behind the house it’s one of the oldest operation bakery still making egg sponge cakes that I so enjoyed as a child.
Atumashi Monastery (Maha Atulawaiyan Kyaungdawgyi), was originally built in 1857 by King Mindon, who had founded his new capital of Upper Burma at Mandalay just a few years earlier in 1855. It was considered one of Southeast Asia’s most magnificent buildings. The building and its entire contents burned down in 1890. For years the monastery lay in ruins until the Burmese archaeological department reconstructed the building in the 1990s.
Feeling nostalgic so I visited the Bangkokian Museum. A private home that is now a museum displaying photos, memorabilia and offer insights into the lifestyles of middle-class Bangkokians during World War II until 1957.
This is only one side of the massive wooden doors in Ananda Pagoda, Bagan. This temple is known for 4 beautiful Buddha statues. But its doors were just as elegant and magnificent. at least 9.5 meters tall.