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Temples in Vietnam[edit]

wat —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.71.38.34 (talk) 19:06, 19 May 2008 (UTC)

After doing some research, I've learned that in Vietnam a temple is a den as opposed to a wat. Would that justify a separate page for den (currently a disambiguation page) to described manners of temples in Vietnam? I know I was surprised to find the other three continental SE Asian countries with Buddhist influence/prominence listed on the wat article but Vietnam absent until I saw the language difference. However, surely there are similarities in the temples, i.e., they were used for one type of religious practice hundreds of years ago and then converted to a new purpose by Theravada/Mahayana monks or they too have reclining/seated Buddha statues and pagoda-like features?

Perhaps there exists an expert or two to address my questions? Muaddib 05:17, 19 January 2007 (UTC)

I guess you folks were under the assumption that Vietnam is simply like its Southeast Asian neighbours. First and formost, Vietnamese culture is not Theravada, but rather Mahayana-Confucian. Temples in Vietnam can be called "đền" as you mentioned (however, that term is more for a Confucian alter that is outdoors); colloquially Vietnamese temples are called "chùa"; but formally, are called "tự" (from the classical Chinese: 寺, si).

There might or might not be a precise page you want, but please look up culture of Vietnam and Vietnamese art. Le Anh-Huy (talk) 22:10, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

Vietnamese temple should not be included in this article. However, I think it should be included in a "see also" section. Not even Burma is even though it is culturally more similar to these three countries. Cambodia and Laos were under Siam's cultural sphere in the 1800s and thus they now share a many customs and cultural elements that do not occur in Burma or Vietnam (that is not to say there is none with Burma however, just to a lesser degree). --KaffirLemon (talk) 04:24, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Merging Sala kan parian and Wat?[edit]

User:Pak21 suggested on 26 July 2007 that Sala kan parian be merged into this article. Though a "Sala kan parian" is also a building within a wat, I would rather suggest merging it into Sala (architecture), because a "Sala kan parian" is just a subset of different possible salas. There are for instance:

  • Sala Rai - multipurpose salas,
  • Sala Loi - "Floating Sala" like at the front of Wat Suthat - they are a bit raised for the king to watch the swinging ceremony at the Sao Ching Cha (contrary to Sala Din: "Ground-Level Sala"),
  • Sala Nam - small pavilon at a khlong to wait for the water-bus,
  • Sala kan parian - study pavilon,
  • ...

--hdamm 16:27, 23 September 2007 (UTC)

Support merger. As for Sala (architecture), Sala kan parian should indeed be mentioned there, but that article is primarily about architectural styles. It sorely needs a gallery for representative pix of the many types mentioned. Pawyilee (talk) 14:35, 23 July 2008 (UTC)'