This was Plan A. But…
Yapyk means “closed” in Turkmen (they helpfully provide an English translation, but I knew that). And altyn asyr means “the golden age”, as can be deduced from this official turkmen website (hint: note heading, then switch to English).
So what do you do when the Tapestry Museum is closed? Take a picture, and then switch to Plan B, a visit to the Botanical garden.
I’d been to the Tapestry Museum in Ashgabat once, and really want to visit it another time: it’s really awesome and very interesting. But this is the second time I found it closed… Opening times are not posted, and seem to vary.
There’s something really wacky about this door. Note how the handles are not at the same height. The weird double reflections (two sheets of glass but not parallel at all!) make a nice match. I also liked the combination of the “YAPYK” sign and the reflections of the building on the opposite street corner (that building used to have a huge portrait of Mr. Turkmenbashy, but both that, and he, are history now). There’s also a vague (equally double) reflection of me taking this shot – so since I always try to take a self portrait when traveling: check!
Taken in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 2009
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
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