Wat (Civ6)

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The Wat is an advanced religious building in Civilization VI. It is built in the Holy Site district and requires a Temple. It may also be purchased with Civ6Faith Faith.

Strategy Edit

This worship building allows the Holy Site to boost your civilization's scientific research.

Historical Context Edit

Buddhist monasteries in Cambodia, Thailand and Laos are termed “wats” (Sanskrit for “enclosure”). The wat often encompassed a school, and hence were both holy and educational. A wat generally consists of a temple containing statues of the Buddha, a prayer room, a room containing religious texts, a pavilion for relaxation, a library, study hall, bell towers, drum towers, and living quarters. Wats come in two types: those granted wisungkhamasima (royal patronage) and those not (samnak song). They abound across Southeast Asia, and architectural styles are as varied as the peoples – although the living quarters for the monks and novices are invariably separate from the sacred structures. Often ornately decorated and gilded, wats are some of the most distinctive and historic structures in Malaysia, including the famous one at Angkor, Cambodia, constructed in the early 12th Century under the patronage of King Suryavarman II.

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