THAILAND’S CULTURE EXPANDED A R C H I T E C T U R E
Thai “Stilt Houses” <ul><li>The architecture of Thailand is a huge part of the rich cultural legacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Th...
The Kuti <ul><li>A Kuti is a structure built on stilts to house a monk. The structure is small in size around 4 by 2.3 me...
The Thai Temple: A Wat <ul><li>A Wat is a monastery temple in Thailand, Cambodia, or Laos. </li></ul><ul><li>A Wat is ...
Sources <ul><li>“ Architecture of Thailand”. The Free Encyclopedia . Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 4 June 2010. Web. 22 ...
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Nations Part 2

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  • 1. THAILAND’S CULTURE EXPANDED A R C H I T E C T U R E
  • 2. Thai “Stilt Houses” <ul><li>The architecture of Thailand is a huge part of the rich cultural legacy. </li></ul><ul><li>The “stilt house” is a traditional architectural establishment. Houses were built on stilts early on to protect people from predators and from flooding. Today, the area beneath the house is used for storage and a place to relax, or even house livestock. </li></ul><ul><li>Thai houses and building are often built on superstition and religious beliefs. The style of the building has a lot to do with the available materials. Most Thai houses are built from different kinds of wood. Interestingly enough, most houses are built in just one day from prefabricated wood panels built ahead of time, then put together on the land. </li></ul><ul><li>Most homes start out as a single family home when a daughter gets married and then are added on to make bigger to accommodate the growing family. </li></ul><ul><li>The terrace is the largest part of the home and a space in the middle is left open so that a tree can grow through the structure. This allows for shade. </li></ul>
  • 3. The Kuti <ul><li>A Kuti is a structure built on stilts to house a monk. The structure is small in size around 4 by 2.3 meters. The small size is to deter monks from gathering to many “material” things which helps them in their spiritual journey. </li></ul><ul><li>A monastery consists many of these Kuti’s placed together in a row facing each other on a shared terrace. </li></ul><ul><li>A separate building called a Hor Trai is where the scriptures are housed. </li></ul>Kuti monastery Hor Trai
  • 4. The Thai Temple: A Wat <ul><li>A Wat is a monastery temple in Thailand, Cambodia, or Laos. </li></ul><ul><li>A Wat is a Buddhist “sacred precinct where monks live (more than three monks must reside here in order for it to be considered a Wat) . Also found in a Wat is the temple proper, an edifice that houses a large image of Buddha, and an area strictly used for study and lessons&quot;. (Architecture of Thailand) </li></ul><ul><li>A typical structure of a Wat includes: </li></ul><ul><li>A Chedi—a bell shaped building containing relics of Buddha. </li></ul><ul><li>A Vihear—a prayer room. </li></ul><ul><li>A Mondop—a square room with arches and a pyramidal roof used to worship religious objects. </li></ul><ul><li>Sala—a room for relaxation or random activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Bot—is the holiest prayer room. This is where new monks take vows. Its structure is similar to the Vihear, but it has 8 cornerstones placed around the bot to keep out evil, it is also more decorative. </li></ul><ul><li>Bibilotecha—this is the room where scriptures are kept. </li></ul><ul><li>Multipurpose hall—this is a room dedicated for the monk to study in. </li></ul><ul><li>A Chofah is placed on top of all W ats. A Chofah is a golden colored ornament composed of a horn, breast and tip. The tip of some Chofah’s resembles the mythical creature of Garuda, other Chofah’s can look like an elephant head, a bird head, or even a fish. </li></ul>Wat Benchamabophit
  • 5. Sources <ul><li>“ Architecture of Thailand”. The Free Encyclopedia . Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 4 June 2010. Web. 22 June 2010. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Architecture_of_Thailand </li></ul><ul><li>“ Chofah”. The Free Encyclopedia . Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 5 January 2010. Web. 22 June 2010. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chofah </li></ul>

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