Roaming Around Taiwan
I love roaming around Taiwan on a quest to uncover and discover pieces of Taiwan that I have not yet seen or never knew existed.
I especially enjoy scouting out the older regions of historical towns where the architecture speaks of years gone by. And I don’t mean the run down, dilapidated areas but areas where traditional architecture is evident, areas which give clues about the past, areas which speak about the early years of Taiwan, and areas which give glimpses of what life was like in Taiwan several years ago.
And through my several days of exploring and getting lost in the process, I have found some unique gems – traditional Taiwan doors!
Common Characteristics of Traditional Doors in Taiwan
Typical traditional doors in Taiwan are known for their vibrant and rich colors. Shades of red, blue, and earth tone brown are commonly used. The paint peeling off just adds to the old-time feel and gives the door a little extra ‘wear and tear’ character.
Their typical large round knockers and large size lion heads demand your attention. They speak of a time when a tap on the door was a good enough gesture to gain entrance.
Main Component – Wood:
These visually attractive pieces were hand-crafted with wood which has stood the test of time.
The red banners surrounding the sides and top of the entrance speaks words of wisdom and wishes of hope. They portray the traditions of the people and customs that they hold near and dear to their heart.
My Personal Reflections on Traditional Doors
While I wander through the preserved old streets of Taiwan, I can’t help but wonder about the past occupants of these households. I wonder what life was like long ago in Taiwan. I contemplate how government influenced the lives of the people here all those years ago.
Then, I immediately ponder the reasons as to why there are such drastic differences in traditional and modern household entrances. These old doors have stood the test of time, and, in my opinion, are visually stunning. They depict the traditional architecture of years gone by. Then, my mind starts to contemplate the reasons why these quaint structures have been replaced with steel entrances covered with garage doors in modern homes.
The doors may be old, but their presence emote a certain traditional charm and by default, grabs your attention and draws you into a world that existed long ago.
Now over to you!! Which type of architecture do you prefer to explore – traditional or modern? Old-world charm or new engineering feats? Be sure to leave me a note in the comment box below. I would love to hear from each and every one of you!!