Thursday, October 15, 2009

Paint it red!


If you happen to be in downtown area, one of the things you'll notice is that most of the establishments and color themes are inspired by the hue of Red.
why red? well, for most of the chinese esp. those traditional ones, red symbolizes power, great luck and good fortune.
Superstitions says that it drives away the evil spirits and bad omens as well.

Paifang or pailou - is a famous traditional Chinese architectural archway.
It is usually made of stone or bricks and the walls may be painted in white or red, or decorated with coloured tiles.
The chinese characters above read from right to left says: 金門 which literally means golden door.

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  1. Cool. I like the photo with those two oblivious to you. you are really well versed with architectural lingos- are you an architect? I think I slept through that subject in college. Hehehe

  2. haha, close! i studied before,but didn't pursue it. :(
    guess that's why i have these arch. jargon every now and then.

  3. Wow. I totally missed this one when we went on the Binondo walking tour. It looks better than the Friendship Arch!

  4. Red is my favorite color, maybe I was Chinese in a previous life :) Nice gateway.

  5. In fast food restaurants, red is supposed to make us finish our meals faster and leave our place to someone else. Or maybe that theory has been abandoned. Come to think of it, I don't see much red there anymore.


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