Gallery: Asia’s Crazy Bamboo Scaffolding

One thing that surprised me on my trip to India was that bamboo was still commonly used for scaffolding. I was blown away by the gigantic structures I saw being built — skyscrapers, statues, modern office buildings — that were covered in a bamboo skeleton, rather than the metal I was used to seeing in the United States. But no matter how unsettling it may be to look at, bamboo is used for a reason: it’s strong, extremely lightweight, and very flexible (as you’ll see in the photos). Check out this gallery of crazy bamboo scaffolding across Asia — I hope you’re not afraid of heights!

At the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

Would you climb up this thing? I sure wouldn’t.

The Sri Ekambaranathar temple in southern India.

Another shot of the same temple. Wow!

Look, it’s a monkey!

Bamboo mixed with heavy metal machinery in Hong Kong.

Bad photo, crazy bamboo!

A human cement ladder.

India once again.


Hong Kong.