Travel guidebooks for the ultra curious, Approach Guides reveal a destination’s essence by exploring a compelling aspect of its cultural heritage: art, architecture, history, food, or wine.
The temples of Thailand — overflowing with golden Buddhas, soaring spires, and glistening surfaces of infinite complexity — stir the spirit, inviting contemplation and wonder.
This Approach Guide serves as an ideal companion for travelers seeking a deeper understanding this fantastic landscape, profiling the Buddhist temples of Thailand’s three great capital cities: Sukhothai (1238-1368), Ayutthaya (1350-1767), and Bankgok (1782-present).
This Approach Guide is broken into two sections:
The first section, an overview, provides travelers with a deep understanding of the principal architectural structures in a Thai temple complex — stupa, prang, vihan, and ubosot — and the art forms used to decorate them (paintings and sculptures). To provide a complete picture, we provide floorplans, historical context, images that highlight specific features and decoration, and descriptions of the prevailing Thai aesthetic, including subject matter and stylistic development.
The second section offers detailed profiles of 36 temples, hand-picked as the best sites for Thai art and architecture. For each site, we discuss the overall layout, the exterior appearance, and the interior decoration. The overall goal of these site profiles is provide travelers with what is most important, a framework for understanding each site and what makes it special.
And all along the way, this guide provides our personal tips for getting the most from your experience.
This Approach Guide contains:
* Over 150 high-resolution images.
* Over 30 temple floorplans, with color highlights that make visual identification of key structures easier.
* Quick reference checklists of the most distinctive features of art and architecture in each capital city.
* High-level maps of Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, and Bangkok to ease navigation and plan your itinerary.
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