Skywell of Chinese Temple

This skywell of a Chinese temple is taken from Tainan DaTianHouGong (台南天后宮)

Skywell is located at the in-between interior region of a Chinese temple.

Just like windows on the wall, this opening allows daylight from above to send forth into the interior of the buildings.

In Chinese temple of southern Fujian architectural design, there are no windows on all the side-walls.

Design layout of Chinese temple usually built in sections or halls.

The main hall, altar bay, middle hall and rear hall. Including the side sections, like lecture hall, monk’s dormitory, kitchens.

The centre rows of halls, each, having different deities for worshipping and has skywells of different sizes.

That makes all the walls like boundaries with walk-through doors within the premises.

Unlike buildings with full coverage of roofing, these skywells don’t stop the rain from pouring down.

In this image, skywell is able to capture within the frame because it’s smaller in size.

The intricate silhouettes of terracotta tiles and articulated roof corners with dragon sculpture fountain are shown in this image.

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