Gates of Vietnam

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!

 

HOI AN

 

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.

 

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Crushed glass embedded into the fence. And this is on top of the existing “chicken wire” fence.

 

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This is a poor man’s fence made from barbed wire. I can’t even imagine how someone can twist it into such tight pattern. Totally impenetrable .

 

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This one is a bit more artistic, but still provides certain protection.

 

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A large concrete fence and pretty gates.

 

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Even the windows have grates.

 

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These gates are a bit fancy, but have golden arrows.

 

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Not only pretty gates, but also matching grates for the balcony

 

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Don’t know what it means, probably “Beware of the owner”. Not many people keep dogs as pets.

 

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Love this colour

 

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Nice centrepiece

 

HUE

 

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”.

 

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The gates like this one usually used for shops or restaurants. They are concertina type.

 

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Also a shop

 

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Placid looking gates

 

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Light and decorative

 

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Heavy and solid – from the Imperial City

 

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Main entrance door to a house

 

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Simple, bur effective

 

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In need of TLC – crying rusty tears

 

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Smaller property – smaller gates

 

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Another variation of wooden gates

 

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Very decorative and large. This is a grand house with lots of well maintained greenery, a fountain and sculptures.

 

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Gates no more

 

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A bit of pretty fence

 

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This is a door to the neglected convent house

 

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Serious looking lion-handles

 

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This one is very interesting. It is in front of the National Bank. I would expect the gates up to the sky, following the existing trend. But nt. There is a rail and the gates can stay compact on one side of the driveway or stretched right across to just to stop the cars from entering. Solid steel. I presume it will be very difficult to ram these gates.

 

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Beautiful carved doors/gates at the pagoda

 

 SAIGON

 

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!

 

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The decorative details in the middle remind me of Romans shields.

 

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Gold on white

 

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This one is pretty simple

 

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Wooden gates and wooden fence – very unusual for this area

 

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Wrought iron with coat of arms

 

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Close-up

 

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Wood and brass

 

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Wow! Wow! Gold and mirror. It was very difficult to find a spot, where I could take a photo without looking at my own reflection.

 

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The gates and beyond

 

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Beautiful design and marble footpath

 

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This is one of those simple 10%

 

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The sharp bits are not that simple. The brass inserts shine in the sun – very pretty

 

 

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Outstanding, loved this one the most

 

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Close-up

 

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Runner -up

 

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Don’t forget, that there is lots of gold everywhere.

 

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The gates are pretty ordinary, but the doors are stunning.

 

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Close-up

 

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Isn’t it simply grand?

 

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Light and delicate

 

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Close-up

 

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And Mercedes behind – clearly indicates a fortune

 

 

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How cute – fully covered with ivy

 

A bit overboard

 

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When I saw it first I got an impression that the gates are not straight. But it’s an optical illusion, of course

 

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Even simple white gates have a small decorative part

 

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Another variation of black and gold

 

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.

 

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