Luang Prabang, Vat Xieng Thong3/4
by michaelasanda *, travel at home on Jan 29, 2011
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It has been called "a feast for the eyes and the soul." Of the many structures of the monastery none is more striking than the sim, as both its exterior and interior are decorated with a rich ...
It has been called "a feast for the eyes and the soul." Of the many structures of the monastery none is more striking than the sim, as both its exterior and interior are decorated with a rich grandeur. The ornate façade of the portico is an intricate combination of maroon, black and gold utilizing gilded wood in graceful swirls of flora, dharma wheels, and stenciled designs. Black lacquered pillars with gold stenciling support the roof of the portico. The stenciling on the façade recounts scenes from the jataka and depiction of the punishment of evil-doers. The doorway of the main entry and its surround are most elaborate, as the ensemble almost reaches the inner roof of the portico. Side exterior walls of black lacquer and gold stenciling carry on the themes of the front wall, while on the back of the sim is the large tree of life in mosaic. The elegant low sweeping roofs are topped by a seventeen element dok so fa, symbolic of royal patronage, reaching toward the heavens.
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