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Gable Walls

Chinese temple architecture usually comprises walls supporting the roof. The side with an entranceway is known as the entrance wall whereas the wall directly opposite is known as the back wall. The walls that link the entrance wall with the back wall are known as gable walls. The roof sits atop the walls and gains its unique character from the variety of different forms. What gives the Lo Pan Temple its character is that the gable walls are made up of five interlinking pieces of wall, all facing the sky. This feature, known as 'Five Famous Mountains Paying Tribute to Heaven', has the southern influence that comes from the Hunan Province.

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Gable Walls

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