Sunday, July 20, 2008

Week4-2 Vietnamese traditional and modern religion construction

My last entry for this week will focus on Vietnamese traditional and modern religion construction.
Firstly let's talk about buddhism construction. All of the buddhism construction in Vietnam have the specification of curves on the roof of tile. This type of architecture is affected from Chinese architecture since the buddhism became popular in Vietnam about a thousand years ago. Another specification of Vietnamese pagoda or village temple is that they usually constructed from at least three main rooms with three main saints for each room. This can be seen very clearly in North Vietnam in the countrysides. According to old people live in countryside of North Vietnam, main elements of constructive material are mix of honey of sugar cane, egg and lime. This traditional constructive material is very durable. When I was a child, I lived in the countryside and my grandmother usually washed clothes on a part of old wall, it was build from a hundred years ago and it was very hard, may be as well as modern concrete. Another specification of village temples of north Vietnam is that they always have red wood columns.
(To be continued and updated)

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