Ch 2: Architecture & Temples of Asia

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Improve your knowledge of Asia's architecture and temples with this comprehensive chapter. Inside, you'll find short lessons and self-assessments that can help you prepare for an architecture exam, complete homework assignments and get ahead in class.

Architecture & Temples of Asia - Chapter Summary

Work through this chapter at your own pace to review the architecture and temples of Asia. These short lessons examine the historical background and architectural elements of famous Asian temples, pagodas, shrines and monasteries, including the Mahabodhi Temple and Wat Arun. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you solidify your understanding of these Asian architecture topics. The chapter can be accessed on any computer or mobile device, which helps you study wherever and whenever it's convenient. Our expert instructors are also available to answer any questions you may have. When you're finished working through the chapter, you'll be able to explain the histories and architectural components of many structures, including the following:

  • Haeinsa Temple
  • Pha That Luang Stupa
  • Jokhang Temple
  • Boudhanath Stupa
  • Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Bagan's pagodas and temples
  • Borobudur Temple
  • Paro Taktsang Monastery
  • Wat Rong Khun
  • Wat Phra Kaew
  • Nanshan Temple
  • Famen Temple
  • Jing'an Temple
  • Jade Buddha Temple
  • Shanghai's Longhua Temple
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
  • Kinkaku-ji Temple

31 Lessons in Chapter 2: Architecture & Temples of Asia
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Haeinsa Temple: History, Tripitaka Koreana & Statue

1. Haeinsa Temple: History, Tripitaka Koreana & Statue

Haeinsa Temple in South Korea is home to the Tripitaka Koreana, a collection of over 80,000 wooden tablets that contain the Buddhist scriptures. In this lesson, discover the history of Haeinsa and the enduring cultural significance of the Tripitaka Koreana.

Wat Arun: History, Construction & Facts

2. Wat Arun: History, Construction & Facts

Thailand is home to thousands of temples, but in this lesson we'll check out one of the most famous. We are going to explore the history of Wat Arun and discuss what the structure represents.

Pha That Luang Stupa: History, Architecture & Temple

3. Pha That Luang Stupa: History, Architecture & Temple

All Buddhist stupas are pretty stunning, but Pha That Luang may take the cake. In this lesson, we'll explore the history and architecture of this unique and opulent monument.

Jokhang Temple: History & Destruction

4. Jokhang Temple: History & Destruction

If you only have a chance to see one Buddhist temple, this one's not a bad option. In this lesson, we'll check out the Jokhang Temple and see what makes it so important.

Boudhanath Stupa: History & Earthquake Renovation

5. Boudhanath Stupa: History & Earthquake Renovation

In 2015, a major earthquake shook Nepal and damaged many important structures. In this lesson, we'll examine the Boudhanath stupa, and see how this religious site defined Nepal's rebuilding.

Mahabodhi Temple: Architecture, History & Complex

6. Mahabodhi Temple: Architecture, History & Complex

There are many important religious sites in the world, but the Mahabodhi Temple is unique. In this lesson, we'll explore this complex and see what makes it one of the most important religious sites in the world.

Shwedagon Pagoda: History, Architecture & Temple

7. Shwedagon Pagoda: History, Architecture & Temple

In this lesson, you will learn about a beautiful and important monument of Buddhism: the Shwedagon Pagoda. Explore the history of this temple, its characteristics and the art in it, as well as its relevance as a Buddhist monument.

Bagan: History, Temples & Pagodas

8. Bagan: History, Temples & Pagodas

Also known as the Land of a Thousand Temples, the ancient kingdom of Bagan in Myanmar is symbol of Burmese religion, history and culture. This lesson gives a crash course on the history of the Bagan kingdom as well as facts about important architectural works of its ancient capital.

What is Borobudur Temple? - Definition, History & Facts

9. What is Borobudur Temple? - Definition, History & Facts

After leaving India, Buddhism spread to Indonesia and took hold there. In this lesson, we'll look at Indonesia's most famous Buddhist monument and see how its architecture reflects the teachings of the Buddha.

Paro Taktsang Monastery: History, Architecture & Temple

10. Paro Taktsang Monastery: History, Architecture & Temple

Paro Taktsang Monastery is one of the most important symbols of culture and religion in the kingdom of Bhutan, located high in the Himalaya Mountains. This article gives an overview of the history of Paro, as well as insight into the monastery's architectural features and a description of the Bhutanese Tsechu festival.

History of Wat Rong Khun

11. History of Wat Rong Khun

In this lesson, explore the Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Learn about the history of this outstanding religious building and also explore the main architectural and artistic characteristics of this unique and amazing place.

Wat Phra Kaew: History, Architecture & Emerald Buddha

12. Wat Phra Kaew: History, Architecture & Emerald Buddha

In this lesson, we will explore the Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, Thailand. Discover the history and main architectural characteristics of this beautiful religious temple. Also learn about the artwork in it, including its most relevant relic, the Emerald Buddha.

Nanshan Temple: History & Buddha Statue

13. Nanshan Temple: History & Buddha Statue

In this lesson, we will explore the Nanshan Temple located in southern China. Learn about the history of this religious complex and its main architectural characteristics. Also, discover the most relevant religious statues housed within it.

Famen Temple: History, Architecture & Relics

14. Famen Temple: History, Architecture & Relics

In this lesson, we will explore the Famen Temple located outside of Xi'an in China. Learn about the history and main buildings of this beautiful Buddhist compound. Also, discover its most relevant architectural characteristics and the relics in it.

Jing'an Temple: History, Bell & Buddhas

15. Jing'an Temple: History, Bell & Buddhas

In this lesson, discover the Jing'an Temple in Shanghai, China. Learn about the history and architecture of this traditional building in the middle of a modern city. Also explore some of the artwork in it, including its famous bell and Buddha statues.

Jade Buddha Temple: History, Statue & Facts

16. Jade Buddha Temple: History, Statue & Facts

In this lesson, we are going to learn about an interesting Buddhist monument: The Jade Buddha Temple. Discover the history of the temple, the statues, and learn about the different rooms inside this building.

Shanghai's Longhua Temple: Pagoda & History

17. Shanghai's Longhua Temple: Pagoda & History

In this lesson, explore an important and beautiful Buddhist monument in the city of Shanghai: The Longhua Temple. Learn about the history of this religious compound, its layout, artwork and traditional architecture as well as its importance.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine: History & Gates

18. Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine: History & Gates

The shrines of Japan are often noted for their gates, but Fushimi Inari Taisha's are distinct, to say the least. In this lesson, we'll explore the history and design of this shrine and see why it's such an important site today.

Kinkaku-ji Temple: History & Golden Pavilion

19. Kinkaku-ji Temple: History & Golden Pavilion

The Kinkaku-ji Temple is one of the most enduring symbols of Kyoto. In this lesson, we'll explore the architecture and history of this stunning temple and its expansive grounds.

Todai-ji Buddhist Temple: Architecture & Statue

20. Todai-ji Buddhist Temple: Architecture & Statue

Explore the largest wooden building in the world, and admire the largest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. Both are located at the Todai-ji Buddhist Temple.

Todai-ji Buddhist Temple: History & Facts

21. Todai-ji Buddhist Temple: History & Facts

In this lesson, we'll explore the Todai-ji temple complex in Nara, Japan. With over 1,000 years of history and many national treasures, it's a must see for anyone visiting the country.

Temples & Statues of the Hindu Goddess Durga

22. Temples & Statues of the Hindu Goddess Durga

A figure with ten waving arms wielding weapons. Lions and tigers. Hindu temples. What on earth do these things have in common? In this lesson, explore the Hindu Goddess Durga and some statues and temples associated with her.

Yayoi Period Art, Pottery & Architecture

23. Yayoi Period Art, Pottery & Architecture

The Yayoi people were members of one of Japan's oldest cultures. In this lesson, we are going to check out their art an architecture and see how they impacted Japan's history.

Art & Architecture of the Kofun Period in Japan

24. Art & Architecture of the Kofun Period in Japan

In this lesson, study the art of an early period of Japanese history: the Kofun. Learn about burial structures, wooden architecture, and also explore sculpture, pottery, metalwork and other arts from this time.

Asuka Period Architecture, Painting & Art

25. Asuka Period Architecture, Painting & Art

The Asuka period is the first era in Japanese history that was recorded in writing, so it's an interesting one. In this lesson, we'll examine the arts of the era and see what they tell us about Japanese lives under the Asuka period.

Muromachi Period Art & Architecture

26. Muromachi Period Art & Architecture

The Muromachi period (1336 to 1573 CE) was a time of civil unrest in Japan. But it was also a time when Japanese architecture and art were allowed to flourish. In this lesson, we will focus on the art and architecture of the Muromachi period.

AzuchiMomoyama Period Art, Architecture & Pottery

27. AzuchiMomoyama Period Art, Architecture & Pottery

In this lesson, learn about a time of political unification in Japan: The Azuchi-Momoyama Period. We will study the main characteristics of its military and residential architecture and explore the pottery and other artworks from this time.

Meiji Period Art, Porcelain & Architecture in Japan

28. Meiji Period Art, Porcelain & Architecture in Japan

In this lesson, learn about the foreign-inspired artwork of the Meiji Period in Japanese history. Explore the key characteristics of art and porcelain of this time. Also, discover its innovative architecture.

Taisho Period Art & Architecture in Japan

29. Taisho Period Art & Architecture in Japan

In this lesson, explore the Taisho period in Japanese history, a time often considered the first era of modern Japan. Learn about the innovative architecture and also, the painting and other forms of art from this time.

Showa Period in Japan: Art, Architecture & Culture

30. Showa Period in Japan: Art, Architecture & Culture

In this lesson, explore the recent history of Japan: the Showa period. Learn about the nationalist culture and its transformation into a progressive industrial society. Also, study the different arts and architecture that developed during this time.

Heisei Period Art & Architecture in Japan

31. Heisei Period Art & Architecture in Japan

In this lesson, we will take a look at today's Japan: the Heisei period. Learn about the contemporary architecture that has been built in this modern nation and explore the diverse artwork and the different forms of artistic expression going on today.

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