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A Guide to Burmese Architecture

 
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pkv
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 11:29 am    Post subject: A Guide to Burmese Architecture Reply with quote

While browsing through pictures taken at last year's Historicon I came upon this extremely annoying photo:



Apparently the game portrays the British attack on Mandalay in 1945. See those three pagodas there? Yeah? Well, they are absolutely ludicrous. Why? Well, because it's dead obvious that they are Chinese pagodas.

So? Imagine having a Russian church on a tabletop that's supposed to represent Normandy or Sicily. Know what I mean now?

And because I have nothing better to do, I've decided to write up a short little something on the architecture of Burma.

Traditional Houses
Traditionally-styled houses were set up on a raised platform, which allowed for one to stay cool below the structure on extremely hot days. Until the British came most residences were built with wood (particularly timber) and bamboo.

Wealthy people had houses that had decorated windows, doors and shutters. A good example of such a house is that of Kinwun Mingui U Kaung (pictured below), which is made up of a complex of pavilions set on a raised patio.



Farmers and the lower middle class had much simply homes, which were set up on stilts, had woven walls and roofs made of sun-dried grass.



Monasteries, Pagodas and Stupas
I'm sure these pictures can speak for themselves:















Colonial Styles









Lastly, here's a couple of pictures taken at Mandalay:





Note, some of the pictures posted were taken from this superb site:

http://www.dhammaweb.net/dhamma_photo/country.php?country=Myanmar
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CYC
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful architecture.
Thanks.
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Janick
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, great architecture

regards,

Brad Smile
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Michi
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is impressive! Shocked I would be afraid to do all the details on the solid buildings. The huts look challenging enough - tempting, but it is not my theatre...thank you anyway!
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Akosion
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you! A supremely useful post...
Aris K.
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sp
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you do right with that mate- very good post

all pretty stuff too Smile
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hayes wauford
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks a lot, very informative.

-Hayes
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