The Golden Lands

The Golden Lands : Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam

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A groundbreaking survey of the Buddhist architecture of Southeast Asia, abundantly illustrated with new color photography and 3-D renderings Over the course of its 2,500-year history, Buddhism has found expression in countless architectural forms, from the great monastic complexes of ancient India to the fortified dzongs of Bhutan, the rock-carved temple grottoes of China, the wooden shrines of Japan, and the colorful wats of Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. Architecture of the Buddhist World, a projected six-volume series by the noted architect and scholar Vikram Lall, represents a new multidisciplinary approach to this fascinating subject, showing how Buddhist thought and ritual have interacted with local traditions across the Asian continent to produce masterpieces of religious architecture. The first volume in the series, The Golden Lands, is devoted to Southeast Asia, home to many of the most spectacular Buddhist monuments.
Following a general introduction to the early history of Buddhism and its most characteristic architectural forms (the stupa, the temple, and the monastery), Lall examines the Buddhist architecture of Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos in turn. For each country, he provides both a historical overview and case studies of noteworthy structures. Lall's concise and accessible text is illustrated throughout with new color photography, as well as 3-D architectural renderings that make even the most complex structures easily comprehensible. The monuments that Lall considers in The Golden Lands range from the modest Bupaya stupa, constructed in Bagan, Myanmar, in the third century AD, to the vast complex of Borobudur in Central Java, the world's largest Buddhist monument; his achievement is to place them all within a single panorama of history, religion, and artistic innovation. Distributed for JF Publishing
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Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 268 x 330 x 28mm | 1,839.99g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0789211947
  • 9780789211941
  • 548,410

Table of contents

A Chronology of Selected Buddhist Monuments 6 Preface 9 The Theoretical Framework 14 MYANMAR 37 I. Architectural History 40 II. Architectural Characteristics 52 III. Selected Examples 75 VIETNAM 87 I. Architectural History 90 II. Architectural Characteristics 105 III. Selected Examples 113 INDONESIA 125 I. Architectural History 128 II. Architectural Characteristics 135 III. Selected Examples 145 CAMBODIA 157 I. Architectural History 160 II. Architectural Characteristics 169 III. Selected Examples 181 THAILAND 189 I. Architectural History 192 II. Architectural Characteristics 215 III. Selected Examples 225 LAOS 237 I. Architectural History 240 II. Architectural Characteristics 251 III. Selected Examples 261 Glossary 271 Bibliography 277 Index 278 Production Team
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"This book is fresh, relevant, and important and will be an indispensable addition for all libraries and museums." --Ronald G. Knapp, author of China's Living House: Folk Beliefs, Symbols, and Household Ornamentation and Chinese Bridges Selected for Women's Wear Daily's fall book round-up, "Elements of Style" Publisher's Weekly Illustrated Gift Book Selection
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About Vikram Lall

Vikram Lall is a partner and the principal architect of Lall & Associates, a leading architectural firm in New Delhi. Also a teacher and scholar, he has lectured on architectural history and theory at institutions worldwide. The present series represents the summation of his twenty-five years of intensive research into Buddhist architecture.
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