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FLASH NEWS FROM KELATTE : Tembok Kayu Tiada Lagi ?

Changing this...
..to this...
..and this...
and also from this and...
.. this...
..to this ...
.. and this ?!!
Men at work...
..the wooden wall goes down, the concrete ones goes up.
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What :
"Renovation" of the wall surrounding Istana Balai Besar.

Where :
The great wooden wall of Istana Balai Besar.

When :
Work currently in progress.

Who :
By the caretaker of the Istana ( read : of course the Istana themselves lah ! )

Why :
I don't know ! Maybe they have a much better idea perhaps ?

How :
Again, I have no idea.
My mistake for not asking the workmen about it in the first place.
From my observation, the work involved taking out the 3 meters high wooden planks which made up the palace wall for more than a century, and replacing them with the brickwork.
The work is currently in progress.
Either they will again place the planks at their places or simply settle down with the new wall, I have no slightest idea.
( I like the way it is though, as it has been years and years ago perhaps from the early days of Istana Balai Besar. The wall itself, being wooden is authentically and romantically Malay artwork, the Spirit Of Wood as some would say... From my personal point of view, it is quite sad that it had to be this way ... )







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THE GREAT WOODEN WALL OF ISTANA BALAI BESAR


* Taken in 1905 by the Siamese appointed British Advisor to Kelantan, W.A Graham
( from " Kelantan : A State of The Malay Peninsula, published 1908 ). The wooden wall, 100 years ago.




* The Istana Balai Besar main entrance, as taken in 1980s during the then new Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Ismail Petra ibni Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra Coronation Ceremony.
Notice the striking differences between this and the present one.




*The wooden wall at present ( 2005 ), before the renovation.


RELATED :

Istana Balai Besar : Now and Then





UPDATED ~ 30th March 2006 ~ :

The wall renovation work was completed prior to the Sultan of Kelantan 2006 Coronation Anniversary.
As earlier expected, the wooden planks were removed and were replaced by a similar in size, fiber board
with wooden texture and then painted with the previous colour.
So, I believe, there goes the spirit of wood !
Photo(s) coming up ...





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