Ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam was lost from historical records in 16th century. The almost 900 years old city was rediscovered in 1984 near Ping river, 6 km from the Chiang Mai’s moat surrounding the tourist center.
You can visit the area dotted with a few ruined temples in tuk tuk or hire a pony carriage at the front of main gate.
We come to a Toraja village situated on top of a hill. We take a rest in shadow of barn waiting for a meal.
White plaster, geometric patterns on tiles, red lanterns.
It seems that it takes 50 years to rebuild the China Town in Penang island. Progress is slow.
Malaysian equity capital is not enough. And where is a casino which was promised long time ago ?
I come to a conclusion that the most spectacular doors in my area ( South East Asia ) were made by Chinese and Javanese carpenters. The doors have a symbolic meaning in many cultural circles.
Probably you know or recall a large entrance doors at catholic churches where a brass handle was always installed very high. Opening such massive doors required strength. A man walking through that door must have felt as a miserable little man.
The old doors in merchants’ houses on the island of Penang have a different function. At a time when there were no limousines, rich decorated doors were a witness on wealth and prosperity.
Sumbawa island located in the chain of Lesser Sunda Islands was famous for its horses and sandalwood during East Indies time. Today this sparsely populated island is far from trade routes and tourist trails.
Brick burning brings modest income.
Pha That Luang is a stupa. It is the most important monument in Laos. The stupa was built in the mid-16th century when Lan Xang capital was moved from Luang Prabang to Vientiane.
Phra Sumen Fort is one of two last bastions build by Rama I which have been preserved. At the end of 18th century city walls and 14 forts surrounded Bangkok.
The church in small town Tomok near Toba Lake in North Sumatra.
Ayutthaya was the capital city of Siam for over 400 years. Historians estimated that the city’s population reached 1,000,000 inhabitants in the early 18th century. Today Ayutthaya is one of typical, provincial towns with the population below one hundred thousand. The ruins of old city destroyed by the Burmese army are located near the main street.