Tibetan Architecture - Folk Houses
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Tibetan Architecture - Folk Houses

Update: Sep. 26th, 2012

Tibetan Blockhouse

It shows very unique and beautiful style of Tibetan architectures the same as Tibet history and culture as well. Tibetan unique architectures are characteristic of Tibetan folk houses, Tibetan blockhouse in valleys, Tibetan tent house in pasturing area and Tibetan wooden houses in Yarlung Zangbo River basin, and even the cave dwelling in this high plateau. All of the houses have long and profound history. If you are interested in Tibetan architecture you will deeply surprised to the stories and legends of it.

Tibetan Architecture - Folk Houses

This essay is easily showing your some materials of Tibetan folk houses. One is "Tibetan blockhouse", and the other one is the tent house.

Tibetan blockhouse is usually making use of the wood in a traditional way. It shows very dignified and stable of the appearance and looks like an ancient building, very unique and practical. Your parents may love it very much.

Distributed into two floors as usual, the first floor of Tibetan folk houses is used for storing stuffs and livestock breeding. The second floor is usually lived by the masters. If there is another third floor you find, the room is usually making for chanting sutras, or acted as a balcony.

The tent houses are totally different from the blockhouses. It is actually specially built for nomads live in the pasturing area, not the normal tent you can imagine like a tent while you are traveling, no, it is not the same. Tibetan tent is often shaped by square or rectangle. There are some crabsticks about 2m high bracing the roof.

On the roof, there is a black yak carpet covering with a gap about 15cm in width and 1.5m long, for the ventilated daylighting.

Outside the tent, there may some yak dung putting around, which is used to make the fuel.

Inside of the tent, the highland barley, ghee bag and dry cow dung (used as fuel) are putting on the sunk fence of about 50cm high. There is a fire stove in the center surrounding the sheepskin. The stuffs inside and even the whole tent are simple to be moved, which acclimatize the life style around pasturing area.

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