Architecture

The Marvels of The Kingdom of Ganesha

Architecture

The Bayon Gate

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At the heart of Pairi Daiza’s reconstructed Khmer kingdom, the Bayon Gate stands like a portal to another world, a world where the mystery and splendour of the ancient empire are awakened anew.

Inspired by the grandiose architecture of the Angkor temples in Cambodia, the Bayon Gate transports visitors to a bygone era, when gods and kings reigned supreme. Its finely chiselled bas-reliefs recount the legends and myths of this flourishing civilisation, where each stone is imbued with the wisdom and spirituality of the ancient Khmers.

Through the Bayon Gate, visitors enter a bewitching world of symbols and mysteries, where every detail evokes the past splendour of this once glorious empire. Under the benevolent shadow of faces carved in stone, they discover the timeless magic of art and history, captivated by the eternal beauty of this architectural jewel.

The Bayon Gate thus becomes much more than a simple stone structure; it becomes the guardian of the lost secrets of the past, a link between the centuries that separate us and the dazzling splendour of a forgotten civilisation.

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The Flower Temple

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At the core of Balinese Hinduism

The Flower Temple is dedicated to the universe of flowers, in accordance with the animistic principles in Balinese Hinduism that every form of life is of divine origin, worthy of a temple.

The water, the cradle of all life, flows along its flank, accompanied by 2 small dragon snakes.

The Candi Kurung, the supreme edifice in lava stone from the holiest of mountains, Mount Agung, represents the sky and the wind.

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The Pura Agung Santi Bhuwana

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This temple is a tribute to the supreme deity that favours harmony, serenity, prosperity and happiness.

Indeed, ‘Agung’ stands for large, Santi for serene and Bhuwana for the Universe.

Pairi Daiza dedicated this temple to the Hindu community of the Lage Landed. One of the rules prohibits access to menstruating ladies… thank you, girls!

Some sartorial restrictions should also be observed, so please keep them in mind.

As with all Hindu temples the basic structure is based on precise symbolic, numerological and astrological calculations.

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The Tana Toraja (rice attic)

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The Tana Toraja, located in the mountainous region of South Sulawesi, Indonesia, is a vibrant testament to the rich culture and unique traditions of the Toraja community. These traditional rice barns, called “alang”, are built from wood on stilts, adorned with intricate carved motifs, and have boat-shaped roofs. They serve as storage places for rice but also as symbols of social status and spirituality. These remarkable structures reflect the emphasis the Toraja society places on agriculture and spirituality, adding a distinctive artistic and cultural dimension to their heritage.

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The Craftsman’s House

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A Thai house made entirely from wood

Near the wall of the Abbey, providing a genuine sanctuary dedicated to the elephant, a real Thai house, all in wood, the elegant roof on two levels and the columns supporting it rescued from a previous building that was destroyed by fire. There you can admire its numerous sculptures on various wooden supports, inspired above all by the elephant, which is a sacred animal in Asia. It reigns supreme in this place, away from the crowd, a peaceful atmosphere conducive to a little meditation.

It is rewarding to take your time and admire the Craftsman’s House, in the details of its decor, and, with a little bit of imagination or reverie, you shouldn’t be surprised to see the saffron-coloured robe of a Buddhist monk appear.

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