Southern Buddhist Monasteries: Typology of Buddhist Monasteries Architectures in Takbai, Narathiwas Province and the Observations on Function and Architectural Configuration in Local Society and Culture Context

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Kullaphut Sene Na Ayuddhaya
Kreangkrai Kirdsiri


For the study, it focuses on analyzing “Floor space planning” and “Typology of Architectures” of the largest monk cells (a.k.a. “Kuti”) in Buddhist monasteries that are in Buddhist Communities at Takbai, Narathiwas Province, Thailand. According to the fieldwork survey, 3 of 4 Kuti-abbot’s dwelling from Wat Chonthara Singhe and 1 of 4 from Wat Kok Ma Feuang were chosen to study. However, the largest monastic cell in Buddhist monasteries are different from the traditional Buddhist Monasteries in Songkhla Lake Basin which also has strong relationship with Buddhism organization in Chaopraya Basin and Theravada Buddhism in Central of Thailand. The research shows that they have specific and significant characters, such as the typology, the floor space planning, integrated multipurpose area, “Sala rongtham”, attic, wood carving and ventilation panel.


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