If you ever travel South East Asia extensively, you will be exposed to a diverse array of Buddhist architecture. Many terms for these exotic and sometimes fantastical structures get thrown about, but do you really know…
What makes a wat? The purpose of a pagoda? Or the significance of a stupa?
After two weeks travelling through Vietnam and Cambodia, I must admit my husband and I were a touch pagoda’d out. No doubt there is a variety of amazing Buddhist religious buildings worth checking out, but sometimes you wonder what is the significance, purpose and symbolism that makes one special from another.
When it came to planning our more recent trip through Myanmar, Laos and Thailand, I decided to be proactive by arming myself with some background knowledge that would help me to appreciate the more subtle differences between the various temples…and maybe teach James a thing or two. In the series, Buddhist Architecture 101, I have decoded these three common structures.