|Published:||February 02, 2014|
The Traditional Newar Architecture of the Kathmandu Valley: The Stūpas and the Chaityas by Wolfgang Korn is the exclusive study of the Buddhist stūpas and chaityas - big and small, in the Kathmandu Valley. He describes and demonstrates their various types and site plans with the aid of his own state-of-the-art systematic line drawings. It is a sequel to his two earlier publications entitled The Traditional Architecture of the Kathmandu Valley and The Traditional Newar Architecture of the Kathmandu Valley: The Sikharas.
Several stūpas and chaityas belonging to the periods of Licchavi, Malla, and Shah including their distinctive features such as décor elements and building materials are described in plain language. Religious and legendary monuments such as the Svayambhū Stūpa, the Boudha Stüpa, and the Aśokan stūpas along with historical information and detailed line drawings are presented.
The Traditional Newar Architecture of the Kathmandu Valley: The Stūpas and the Chaityas contributes significantly to the Buddhist power places and their traditional Newar architecture of the Kathmandu Valley. It is indeed the authentic reference for next-generation students and scholars who are working on traditional architecture in general and conservation architecture in particular.
The big earthquake of the 25th of April 2015 has made these three publications very useful and handy for those who are involved in the conservation and preservation projects of heritage sites.