An Invitation from 7,000 Years Ago


The mortise and tenon technique were emerging in China even before the birth of characters, dating back to the Heimudu Neolithic period over 7,000 years ago. Without a single nail, the tenon and mortise joints can endure long time use. Dougong, or bracket set, acts as a carrier joining pillars and columns to the frame of the roof. It is a unique form of Chinese architecture that has condensed the wisdom of the Chinese people for thousands of years. With the export of Chinese architectural culture, Dougong has spread to Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Southeast Asian countries, becoming a common structural feature of Chinese ancient architectures built abroad.

The opening ceremony of Chinese mortise and tenon?wooden heritage architecture at Reignwood Park in Thailand will be presented by Reignwood Culture Foundation on May 18th, with the partnership of Tsinghua University Heritage Center, cultural heritage experts, intangible cultural heritage inheritors, craftsmen of the Forbidden City, etc.

The event will feature three highlights which are the finishing touch ceremony, a cultural themed forum where cultural experts and scholars at home and abroad will jointly explore cultural exchanges and mutual learning among countries along the Belt and Road, and the Belt and Road architecture heritage photography.