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A pavilion, or sala is a common structure in Thailand generally used as a shelter from rain and heat. This pavilion is more ornate than most roadside salas in Thailand and represents these found at a temple or on a palace grounds. However, Olbrich's Botanical Garden in Madison, is not a religious structure.

The pavilion was a gift to the University of Wisconsin-Madison from the Thai Government and the Thai Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Assassination. UW-Madison has one of the largest Thai student populations of and U.S. College or University.

Olbrich was chosen as the site for the pavilion because of its garden setting and its proximity to water. Water is important to Thailand because of its implications for good health and prosperity.

The pavilion was built in Thailand, then disassembled and packed in shipping crates. The pavilion traveled seven weeks by sea, then by rail to Chicago, and to Madison by truck. Nine Thai artisans traveled to Madison to reassemble the pavilion after building it in Thailand. It took three weeks to reconstruct.

Amazingly, the pavilion is able to withstand the winter of Wisconsin with no protection because it is constructed of plantation-grown teak and weather-resistant ceramic roof tiles. The gold leaf, however, is delicate and not able to withstand the oils of the human hand.

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