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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Chinese Archways Paifang

Chinese Archways Paifang: "Chinese Archways, Paifang, 牌坊
Chinese Archways or Paifang are closely associated with Chinatowns. They usually have two or more pillars supporting a roof like structure. More elaborate paifangs can even look like a city gate."

My friend, Chan, who wrote this article has a funny way of putting it: "There is a archway in Singapore Chinatown but it is located inside the Chinatown. The borders of Singapore Chinatown do not have any archways but instead it has the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantries that collect tolls electronically from entering vehicles. We wonder if these ERP gantries might be considered as modern day high tech archways."

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