Sala (architecture)


Sala (architecture)

A Sala (Khmer: សាលា), (Thai: ศาลา), also known as a Sala Thai, is an open pavilion, used as a meeting place and to protect people from sun and rain. Most are open on all four sides. They are found throughout Thailand in Buddhist temple areas, or Wats, although they can also be located in other places. A person who builds a sala at a temple or in a public place gains religious merit. A sala located in a temple is called a "salawat". Some temples have large salas where laity can hear sermons or receive religious instructions. These are called "sala kan parian" (pavilion where monks learn for the Parian examination). In Cambodia, sala also refers to school.

. In rural areas, travelers can use them to rest and reflect. These salas are called "sala asai". One at the roadside is a "sala rim thanon" and may be used as a bus stop. If on a riverbank or canal at a landing-place for watercraft, they are called "sala thanam" (“water pavilions”).

References

* East-West Center, "A Commemorative Book by the Thai Students at the East-West Center on the Occasion of the Presentation of the Asia Pacific Community Building Award and Dedication of the Royal Sala Thai", Honolulu, East-west Center, 2008.


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