Balinese Gates

 
March 24, 2017   XF 27, Ubud
 
 
It's like that with every picture: I don't like the ones I understand. Gerard Richter, in the eponymous movie.

Balinese architecture is said to reflect the Balinese way of life in terms of spatial organization, communal social relationships, and spirituality. This translates to an architecture featuring a spacious courtyard with several small pavilions. A ring wall keeps out evil spirits and statues stand guard.

Of course, often times all you can see of a building is its doorway or gate; it's the building's public face. Ubud features a lot of different looking gates. Some are temples, some offer accomodation, and others are just private homes. So as I walked around Ubud today I photographed some of its eye-catching gates. There are two types of gates within Balinese architecture: the split gate, known as candi bentar, and the roofed tower gate known as paduraksa or kori agung. All the photos below except one are of the roofed tower type.

 
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Ubud gate      
 
Ubud gate      
 
Ubud gate      
 
Ubud split gate      
 
Ubud split gate      
 
Ubud split gate      
 
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Ubud gate      
 
Ubud gate      
 
A gate break      
 
A gate break      
 
A gate break      
 
Ubud gate      
 
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Ubud gate with snarling guards      
 
Ubud gate with snarling guards      
 
Ubud gate with snarling guards      
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