Bangkok, Kien An Keng Shrine

March 17, 2013

Kian An Keng Shrine


A4 Laloran 120g sketchbook, graphite pencil and W&N watercolour

Bangkok’s oldest Chinese shrine (over 200 years’ old) adjacent to the Old Portuguese-Kadeejeen district, the focus of attention by 100 sketchers on the morning of Day 2 of the 2013 Chao Phraya international urban sketching event.

From the viewpoint of the footpath-bikeway on the riverfront of the Chao Phraya River, I aimed to put this tiny shrine (as if bent over and shrivelled by age) in its modern context: buildings with tv aerials, the recently-refurbished green-and-gold light poles of the district and this year’s Chinese New Year festivities. The Kuan Yin shrine has a tiny, open public courtyard with clipped trees.


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