I have always had an unexplainable love for churches and cemeteries. In every country or city I try to find a little bit of time to visit them. And even if I am not a spiritual person at all, visiting these places brings some peace and calm into my life.
Recently I discovered an unexpected addition to my previous points of interests. Gates and windows.
So this post will be about the gates: old and new, poor and rich, broken and posh.
Welcome to my secret world!
Vietnam is a beautiful peaceful country. That is the impression I got after staying there for 10 days. Maybe the statistical data could challenge my statement, don’t know. But the thing that struck me was the many gates and fences. As one local man later confirmed, there is a high amount of theft in this country. Therefore, people try to protect their possessions by all means, sometimes with help of almost barbaric devices, like this one below. I have not experienced any of this, Thank God, except that time, when taxi driver tried to steal my iPad.
This is much larger city, than Hoi An. I am not sure if there is any correlation, but the gates are getting higher and more “aggressive”.
While in Saigon, my friend took me to the posh part of this city. And there I had a field day. Many wealthy Vietnamese or expats live there. Their houses are large and beautiful. On each corner a security guard sits 24/7. Every one of them assessed me on a security basis, especially when I was taking photos. Obviously, I did not look suspicious enough or presented any danger to National security of this country.
But let me tell you, the gates there were the state of art. Just look for yourself!
So, here are my gates. I did not see two gates with the same design. It probably would be bad taste.
I will also write a post about the windows. Trust me, they are as impressive as the gates.