Coming from a traditional Chinese family, going to a cemetery AND taking photos would definitely be deemed a faux pas! BIG no no!
Cemeteries are deemed a scary place, thanks to hundreds of horror movies. They are portrayed as run down, haunted and solemn. On the contrary, I have seen some ‘modern’ cemeteries that are laid out like a public park with lots of trees, shrubs and grass. The ones in Hong Kong typically offers epic views as Feng Shui says it is best to be “backed by a mountain, face open waters”. None of the scary stuff.
Then there is the famous Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina, dating back to 1822. The layout of the cemetery was done by the French civil engineer Próspero Catelin. This place is like no other!
For a person who loves all things architecture and beautiful designs, I could definitely spend hours admiring the vast variety of architectural styles used to design the tombs. Many of the mausoleums are clad in gorgeous marbles and granites. Some of them have beautiful art deco style iron gates, doors and archways. I also felt a sense of peace there.
In addition to the construction aspects, many famous people call this their final resting place. One can find past presidents, actors/actresses, athletes, philanthropists, writers, soldiers, scientists, Nobel Prize laureates and not all of them were citizens of Argentina.
One of the most famous person resting in the cemetery would be Eva Perón – their beloved First Lady. When I arrived at the entrance, her tomb was on the top of everyone’s list. Just follow the mob, and you will find her tomb.