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Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall is on Ying’s list of places-to-visit since she learned about it during her previous life as an architecture student. Getting there wasn’t difficult; it was a smooth 30 minute drive on a cloudy Saturday morning.
We parked our car several blocks away at a private carpark close to the Pershing Square metro station. On hindsight we could have parked our car at the roadside parking nearer to the concert hall.
The walk to the concert hall probably took us 20 minutes or so as we often stopped to take snapshots of interesting buildings along the way.
When we reached the concert hall, we spent another twenty minutes taking photographs of its distinct architecture.
Done with the pictures outside, we went inside the building. Unlike cool metallic exterior, the inside of the building has a warm feeling from the use of wood and its color scheme.
We easily located the counter where we could loan out the audio tour devices and got one each in exchange for my photo ID. Apparently there was an option for a (free?) guided tour but we decided that we would prefer to explore at our own pace.
The tour took us from the ground floor to the upper level and then out to the garden before returning to where we started. Many people connected to the project were interviewed and I learned something or two about the inspiration behind the building.
It took us around an hour to finish with the audio tour and we took a slightly different route (via MOCA) back to our car.
We also passed by Angel’s Flight, the landmark funicular railway in LA.
Sadly its operation was suspended and there was imminent plan to restart it.
We also got to see democracy in action near where we parked.