BUILDING THAI MODERNITY: The Maha Dhammakaya Cetiya

  title={BUILDING THAI MODERNITY: The Maha Dhammakaya Cetiya},
  author={Judith Snodgrass},
  journal={Architectural Theory Review},
  pages={173 - 185}
  • J. Snodgrass
  • Published 1 November 2003
  • Sociology
  • Architectural Theory Review
In the lead up to the completion and consecration of the Dhammakaya Cetiya near Bangkok in May 2000, English language publications from this Thai Buddhist sect's international division promoted it as a gesture for world peace: “In 2000 the world is going to calm down.” The claim speaks to the overriding concern of the twenty first century and links the futuristic, hi-tech building with a Buddhist tradition of stupa building dating back to the third century BC stupas of the King Asoka. Great… 



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