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  pagoda

 

Thailand

Chinese style pagodas at Wat Suthat (fig.) in Bangkok. A pagoda, known in thai as tha, is a religious tower with multiple layers. Its form is often octagonal and it usually has an odd number of stories, as this corresponds with the yang principle of the yin-yang concept, that is the bright aspect, which relates to Enlightenment and thus in turn also to heaven.

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