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WAT PA SUNANTAWANARAM

Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi
Thailand
2002

WAT PA SUNANTAWANARAM

Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi
Thailand
2002

WAT PA SUNANTAWANARAM

Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi
Thailand
2002
Kanchanaburi is Thailand third-largest province, about 130 kilometers west of Bangkok. Wat Pa Sunantawanaram is a Buddhist temple intended especially for the study and practice of meditation. The temple central multipurpose hall is a single-story structure inspired by the province local religious architecture. It features a main hall for meditation and two wings with semi-open rooms for prayer. These structures enclose an open courtyard used primarily for meditation. Its appearance is unostentatious compared with traditional Thai temples, which are huge complexes decorated with glittering ornaments and symbols of Hindu Buddhist cosmology.

This temple plain appearance underscores the Buddhist philosophy of simplicity as a way of life. It contains only essential structures and eschews ornamentation. The wooden roof structure branches into different directions as a metaphor for the form of a tree. Natural light passes through selected areas of the translucent roof tiles to illuminate the image of Buddha. Construction materials were mostly sourced from the local area and have been left in a raw or lightly processed form that reveals their natural textures and finishes. Materials include bamboo awnings, reclaimed timber flooring, and polished cement floors. This is a place where people come to seek truth and enlightenment. The architecture reflects the principles of Buddhism, in particular the teachings of Luang Pu Chan, the late respected Buddhist monk.
AWARDS
ASA Citation Awards : 2004

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