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View Poll Results: Choose your FAVORITE countries for architecture
Turkey 3 10.71%
Iran 0 0%
Saudi Arabia 0 0%
Yemen/Oman 0 0%
India/Bangladesh/Pakistan 1 3.57%
Nepal 0 0%
Sri Lanka 0 0%
Myanmar 0 0%
Thailand 5 17.86%
Cambodia/Laos 0 0%
Vietnam 0 0%
Malaysia (Malay architecture) 0 0%
Indonesia/Philippines/Taiwan aboriginal 1 3.57%
China 9 32.14%
Korea 2 7.14%
Japan 5 17.86%
Mongolia 0 0%
Kazakhstan 0 0%
Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan 0 0%
Israel/Lebanon 0 0%
Other 2 7.14%
Voters: 28. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-22-2012, 06:25 PM
 
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This includes all sorts of buildings, gardens, and other built structures. Palaces, temples, monasteries, houses, shops.etc. I'm talking of buildings built in the traditional style.

First would be Turkish, specifically some of the more spectacular Byzantine architecture like the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, and some of the mosques. Some of the houses also look really interesting.

Second I would have to say for me Thai architecture has the most 'wow' factor, and to an extent Cambodian, the gilded golden palaces, wats, pagodas.

Third would be Indian or Japanese. Even though not as ornate as Chinese, I just love how rustic the wooden villages and houses are. Indian architecture is so varied, and ranges from the Mughal masterpieces like the Taj Mahal, and the palaces and forts of Rajastan, to ancient South Indian architecture.

Note: You may notice some options include more than one countries. This is because the architecture of these countries is similar enough to constitute one style. Others share similarities, Thailand-Cambodia, China-Korea-Vietnamese, but have some distinctive differences.

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Old 12-22-2012, 10:45 PM
 
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Thailand.

Going back centuries from the Sukhothai period, through the royal Ayutthaya period to the glorious Rattanakoisin golden age, the traditional architecture of Siam is unique, elegant and quite simply: glorious!

In every aspect of culture - the fine arts, architecture, dance, pageantry, cuisine - this is a land of grace, charm and beauty.

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Old 12-26-2012, 12:24 PM
 
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The architecture in the old city of Sana'a looks beautiful to me, but I've never seen it in person.


Traditional chinese architecture is often beautiful such as that found in some of the canal cities around the Yangtze or places like Lijiang and others, but preservation hasn't been very good so it doesn't go very far.

Here's a shot of Lijiang

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Old 12-26-2012, 03:46 PM
 
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Lijiang is one of the best preserved old towns in China. God Forbid the Chinese ever decide to knock it down and 'recreate' it.
 
Old 12-28-2012, 09:20 PM
 
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I wonder how much influence Indian had on Southeast architecture? Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Malay hindu temples, Buddhist temples in Thailand and Burma which are built according to ancient Indian standards.
 
Old 07-28-2014, 09:17 AM
 
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CHINA

top of mind - Chinese Pagoda
 
Old 07-28-2014, 09:29 AM
 
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I wonder how much influence Indian had on Southeast architecture? Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Malay hindu temples, Buddhist temples in Thailand and Burma which are built according to ancient Indian standards.
Did you mean Javanese and Balinese Hindu temples? because the Malays were mainly Buddhist, although the one who built Borobudur is the Javanese not the Malays. Srivijaya maybe Malay based kingdom but it fell under the Javanese Sailendrans influence before being kicked out by the Hindus.

Bukhara, Samarkand, Kyoto, Yogyakarta, Chiangmai, Forbidden city, Hue, Hoi an all sounds beautiful to me.

Why is Indonesia categorized with Philippines and Taiwanese aborigine, i know we have lots of traditional isolated villages but Sumatra, Bali and Java has its own characteristic from Indian influence distinguishing it from the rest. And they don't have Borobudur or Prambanan...

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Old 07-28-2014, 08:35 PM
 
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I wonder how much influence Indian had on Southeast architecture? Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Malay hindu temples, Buddhist temples in Thailand and Burma which are built according to ancient Indian standards.
I would say Angkor Wat, and some of the ruins of Champa and Funan in southern Vietnam (which is a totally different civilisation to the Vietnamese, who invaded and took over) are the most obvious examples, as well as Indonesia as has been mentioned. The towers are still reminiscent of some old Hindu towers/ghats in South India today.
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