Korean-style tower building techniques

Date: 13/03/2019 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

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The Korean-style tower building techniques are the whole of traditional tower building technology peculiar to Korea.

According to the building materials used, Korean towers are divided into wooden, stone and brick towers, as well as model tower which uses metal and mud to imitate old towers.

The Korean-style towers typically have such structural elements as the platform, body and head, and each storey is gradually reduced in height and width.

There are some differences between wooden and stone towers.

In light of structure, wooden towers have a pillar-beam structure, but stone towers consist of monoliths in their body structure.

Both the wooden towers and pagodas, in the aspect of representation, differ from each other in overall formative beauty, platform, body and plane.

For example, the platform scale of stone towers is smaller than that of wooden ones, but the absolute height of the former equals to or is higher than that of the latter.

The tower building techniques gradually developed into the pagoda-oriented building one from the initial wooden tower-oriented one.

It shows that the Korean ancestors positively applied and developed different construction structures and proportions to meet materials and scale.

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