Thursday, March 26, 2015

Skywatch Friday 97

Thai Pavilion, Olbrich Gardens . . .

The Thai Pavilion, or sala, was a gift from the Thai government and Thai chapter of the UW Alumni Association. It was built in Thailand, disassembled and carefully crated, then rebuilt on the grounds at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. It is one of only four salas found outside Thailand—the others being in Germany, Norway and Hawaii. As the gift was approved by the Thai royal family, it bears the royal seal of the Thai crown. You can read more about it here.




Side view


Front view—the fountains are turned off and pools drained
over the frigid winter months—still too cold to turn them on again.


One of many statues located near the sala


Rear View



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14 comments:

Don Wood said...

That is beautiful. Can you imagine getting that jigsaw puzzle of bits and no instructions. Thanks for sharing XXX Don

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Heather said...

Thanks, Don -- and definitely not a puzzle I'd want to piece together. ☺

TexWisGirl said...

what a beautiful structure!

Lea said...

Very pretty! And interesting how it was built, diassembled, transported, and reassembled.
Have a beautiful week-end!

DougPhoto2009 said...

Intriguing architecture. Thanks for sharing.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Very ornate and beautiful!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful pavilion. Nice decorations on it.

PlantPostings said...

It's beautiful, and gorgeous with the blue sky behind it! :)

Heather said...

TexWisGirl: Thank you!

Lea: Isn't it amazing how they could do that? ☺

Thanks, Doug!

Heather said...

Spareparts: It is indeed quite ornate. I didn't take pics of the inner ceiling this time, but think I've posted some previously.

Thanks, Rajesh!

Beth: Thank you - aren't the pair of us lucky to have this in our backyard, so to speak? ☺

Ileana said...

Beautiful architecture.

Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers said...

Beautiful structure.

Alice Audrey said...

That is so cool! I wish it had been there when I was.

Heather said...

Alice: You guys didn't see it when you were here? It is in the back corner across Starkweather Creek, so not visible from the street or gardens closest to the visitor center. Of course, we did have quite a bit of rain the week you were here in 2010. As I recall, it also kept you from visiting the Observation Deck at the Capitol. :-/