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The Pagode du bois de Vincennes is the seat of the Institut international bouddhique founded by Jean Sainteny who was the manager of the institute.
It is located in a former building of the exposition coloniale de 1931, designed by the architect Louis-Hippolyte Boileau.
On this 8 000 m² site on the edge of the lac Daumesnil are located two buildings of remarkable architecture.
The most important one, the former house of Cameroon, was restored in 1977 and transformed in a pagoda as a place of worship. The second is the former house of Togo is slated for restoration by the City of Paris.
It will contain a library for texts on the various Buddhist traditions.

The Pagode de Vincennes is used by Buddhist schools of the Parisian region and has not any religious leader.
The pagoda is a place of common worship; it shelters the biggest Buddha of Europe, covered with gold leaf and measuring, including its seat, more than 9 meters high.
The Pagode hosts relics of the historical Buddha since 2008.

A Tibetan buddhist temple named Kagyu-Dzong exists in front of the Pagode de Vincennes.

The Pagode du bois de Vincennes, is located 40, route de Ceinture du Lac Daumesnil in the 12th arrondissement of Paris.


Located near the metro station: Porte Dorée
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Europe's biggest Buddhist temple to open outside Paris in Bussy-Saint-Georges., East Suburb of Paris.

With a month to go until its official opening on 22 June 2012, workers are adding the finishing touches to the biggest Buddhist Temple in Europe, situated in a special eco-friendly zone, just outside Paris.

A church, a synagogue, and a mosque in the same environmentally-friendly complex, will eventually complete this special ecumenical venture.

The huge 8000m2 construction in Bussy-Saint-Georges is built mostly in glass, wood, and unrefined concrete dotted with roof gardens.
It is set amid extensive grounds filled with fruit trees.

The structure houses both a place of worship and a Buddhist cultural centre, and was designed by the Frédéric Rolland firm of architects.

An area open to the general public will include a vegetarian restaurant, and space for regular calligraphy workshops, meditation sessions and activities such as oriental tea-tasting.

There will also be four large prayer rooms with the capacity to hold a thousand worshippers, and two long cloisters leading to about forty bedrooms which can be occupied during spiritual retreats.

The building is fairly neutral in its style, with no pagoda-style architecture, and little decoration, but in the main area sits a huge Buddha, 5 metres tall, weighing 8 tonnes and made from white jade.

“The statue was hewn directly into a mountain in Burma [Myanmar] and then transported to the port of Marseilles, which at the time was on strike,” recalls architect Polly Rolland.

“We had to organise a special convoy, and arrange cranes to position the Buddha inside the temple, before finishing the roof, because the statue wouldn’t fit through the doors.

Eighty per cent of the16-million-euro project was financed by Fo Guang Shan, a Taiwanese monastic order, and the remaining funding came from donors.

Polly Rolland describes the centre as “more cultural than religious”, and notes that “usually there are always arguments on a site, but this time, everything was managed in a spirit of total zen”.
In the 8th arrondissement of Paris, just down the street from the Parc Monceau, is this unexpected piece of...China. On a corner of the Place du Pérou, this 'pagoda' has been a landmark in this part of the French capital for decades.

Ching Tsai Loo, a Chinese art collector and dealer, transformed this 17th-c. building into a pseudo-Asian landmark in the 1920's.

The Kagyu-Dzong center is a Buddhist center in Paris, affiliated to the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
This center is linked to the 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje.
It is situated in a temple of Tibetan and Bhutanese style that was inaugurated January 27, 1985, constructed nearby the "Pagode du bois de Vincennes", site of the Institut international bouddhique founded by Jean Sainteny.

In 1980, Kalu Rinpoche conferred in the Pagode du bois de Vincennes the Initiation of Kalachakra.
He then met with Jean Ober, the general secretary of the Institut international bouddhique and together, they conceived a project to construct a Tibetan temple.
The plans of the temple, established by the architect Jean-Luc Massot on the directives of Kalu Rinpoche, were approved by the Paris city hall.
The first stone was laid on March 20, 1983. The works realized on private founds and with the help of many volunteers took two years.

The Kagyu-Dzong center is linked to the center Vajradhara-Ling in Normandy and Kalu Rinpoche entrusted the responsibility of both centers to his disciple, Lama Gyurme.

Since 2006, each year, an artistic event takes place at Kagyu-Dzong on the theme of "Peace and Light" to support a project of construction of the Temple for Peace nearby the Vajradhara-Ling center.

PARIS-south suburb.

Chinese touristic complex with offices, restaurants, hotel, garden, congress center, etc.
now under renovation by the chinese HUATIAN luxury brand.
re-opening october 2012.
nice new thread on Paris, great photos and nice read...:eek:kay:
Khánh-Anh pagoda in Evry. PARIS.south-east suburb.

Anh Khanh Pagoda is a Vietnamese Buddhist pagoda located in the town of Evry and the French department of Essonne.
Upon completion around 2011-2012, it will be the largest pagoda in Europe.
The pagoda is built of reinforced concrete on a ground of four thousand square meters.
It is composed of 3 buildings and was officially inaugurated in August 2008 by the 14th Daïli Lama.

Paris has several Chinatowns (French: quartiers chinois),

1. the largest being located in the 13th arrondissement (13th district).

Parisian Chinatown represents a massive implantation of Asian communities (contrary to London's Soho). "Avenue de Choisy" and Avenue d'Ivry", down to the "Porte d'Ivry" (Gate of Ivry) and the immediate surrounding suburbs are its principal axis, populated by nearly 50,000 Chinese, Vietnamese and Laotian nationals.
The residents also include Chinese from French Polynesia and French Guiana, as well as Asian ethnicities from New Caledonia.
One major point of attraction is the Tang Frères and Paristore supermarkets, selling Asian products, located close to each other.
Parisian Chinatown is based in a real Asian community, located in marginal and poor areas, formed through successive waves of migration.

2. the second Chinatown area has settled in Belleville, Paris. There is a large number of Far East restaurants, especially on Rue de Belleville and on Rue Civiale.

3.And the third chinatown in paris is located in the 3 th arrondissement.
in the streets rue au maire, rue du temple and rue des gravilliers is located the first, smallest and oldest chinatown in paris since the 1910s.
in this district the chinese people is coming from Wenzhou in the chinese province of Zhejiang and has no contact with the other chinatowns.
after China Vietnam Cambodgia Laos,
India and Pakistan in PARIS.

Located in the 10th arrondissement, the Passage Brady is one of the longest covered streets in Paris and it’s a great place to find cheap Indian and Pakistani food.
Along with the amazingly priced restaurants (lunch menus boast a 5 euro special), Passage Brady contains a small market with seasonal produce, hundreds of fragrant spices, and specialty rices and mixes.
It’s also a nice place to shop for brightly colored clothing and jewelry, smell over 40 essential oils, and pick up a bollywood flick.


Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is the Hindu festival of Ganesha also called Vinayagar in Tamil Nadu, the son of Shiva and Parvati, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival.
It is the day Shiva declared his son Ganesha as superior to all the gods.
Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel.

The festival, also known as Ganeshotsav ("festival of Ganesha") is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between 19 August and 15 September. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period).

While celebrated all over India, it is most elaborate in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa. Outside India, it is celebrated widely in Nepal and by Hindus in the United States, Canada, Mauritius,Singapore, Fiji, UK in London, France in Paris since 1996.

GANESH TEMPLE.Pajol street.PARIS 18th arrondissement.

Cail Street.Paris 18th arrondissement.

Paris for the Japanese

Rue Sainte-Anne.Paris.Opera Garnier District

Rue Saint-Anne was in the late 1960s the first gay district in paris.
In the late 1970s, the gay community moved towards the Marais in the newly cleared areas behind the Pompidou Center.
Rue Saint-Anne became abandoned in the 1980s but was re-populated by Japanese restaurant entrepreneurs in the 1990s.

Today, the street has become a veritable Little Tokyo in the heart of Paris with a plethora of Japanese restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores and shops.
It may be the one of the most ethnically diverse area of Paris, where tourists, immigrants and native French sit in close proximity to sample the cuisine.

Japanese Cultural Center in PARIS

A dedicated space for Japanese culture in the heart of Paris

The Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris or MCJP (The Japan Cultural Institute in Paris) rep*re*sents the Japan Foundation in France. Its events are or*gan*ised in part*ner*ship with the Association pour la Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris (Association for MCJP).

MCJP has been in*tro*duc*ing tra*di*tion*al and mod*ern Japanese cul*ture to the gen*er*al pub*lic for over a decade.

Our eight key ar*eas provide an eclec*tic and di*verse vi*sion of Japanese cul*ture: ex*hi*bi*tions, per*form*ing arts, cin*e*ma, con*fer*ences and li*brary. Recently we have been work*ing on pro*mot*ing the Japanese lan*guage and cook*ing cul*ture. We provide a range of cours*es for par*tic*i*pants to ex*plore Japanese cul*ture: the tea cer*e*mony, cal*lig*ra*phy, ike*bana (the art of flow*er ar*rang*ing), origami, man*ga and many more.

The centre

The Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris cov*ers a to*tal of 7,500m² in*clud*ing 4,500m² which is open to the gen*er*al pub*lic. It has 11 floors in*clud*ing 6 ex*posed land*ings. Its ar*chi*tec*ture was de*signed by Masayuki Yamanaka and Kenneth Armstrong, win*ners of the 1989 ar*chi*tec*ture com*pe*ti*tion, and it was built by the Armstrong Architects team with sup*port from SERAU and Groupe ARCORA.

Main room 500m², level -3
The mul*ti-func*tion room has a so*phis*ti*cat*ed “spi*ralift” sys*tem of 18 lift ta*bles which can adapt to suit any type of per*for*mance: dance, the*atre, con*cert etc. It can ac*com*mo*date up to 300 peo*ple and al*so holds con*fer*ences.

Foyer Level -3
Small tem*po*rary ex*hi*bi*tions take place here.

Small room 130m², ground floor
This room is un*der*go*ing ma*jor work to turn it in*to a cin*e*ma seat*ing 128 au*di*ence mem*bers.

ShopGround floor
There is a wide va*ri*ety of Japanese prod*ucts in the shop: gifts, cook*ery items, books, sta*tionery etc.

Training rooms 2 rooms, 1st floor
A va*ri*ety of class*es take place here: ike*bana (Japanese flow*er ar*rang*ing), cal*lig*ra*phy, go, origami, man*ga, Japanese etc.

Exhibition room 500m², 2nd floor
This room us*es nat*u*ral and ar*ti*fi*cial light to suit a wide range of us*es.

Library 500m², 3rd floor
The li*brary has an ex*ten*sive se*lec*tion of key works on so*cial sciences in Japan and its civil*i*sa*tion. Some of its ti*tles are avail*able to bor*row. Free en*try. The li*brary’s staff provide an in*for*ma*tion ser*vice on-site, by post and by email.

Training rooms On the mez*za*nine on the 4th floor ded*i*cat*ed to the learn*ing of Japanese.

Tea pavil*ion 5th floor
Tea cer*e*monies are reg*u*lar*ly held in this tra*di*tion*al wood*en tea pavil*ion which was built and fur*nished by the Urasenke Tea School.

Cooking area 5th floor
Cookery demon*stra*tions reg*u*lar*ly take place in this ex*cel*lent*ly equipped area.

Reception room 120m², 5th floor
The room ac*com*mo*dates ap*prox*i*mate*ly 100 peo*ple and has a ter*race with views of the Seine.

Japanese shops, groceries, supermarkets in Paris
k-mart japan korean supermarket

book off a japanese book shop not the single

Ricardo BOFILL. PARIS-Marne La Vallée.East-Suburb.

Ricardo Bofill: Les Espaces d,Abraxas, Marne-la-Vallée, 1978-82 (a theatrical urban complex in the new town of Marne-la-Vallée, contains [674] dwellings in buildings whose shapes reflect their names: constructed on an axis, the U-shaped Le Palais and semicircular Le Théâtre, enclose a central open space in which the triumphal arch L’Arc is located

Les Espaces d'Abraxas, a complex consisting of Le Théâtre, Le Palacio and L'Arc, was conceived as a point of reference in the landscape, an inhabited monument in the context of the ville-nouvelle of Marne-La-Vallée and the result of a form of planning totally alien to the system of urban zoning that became the norm after World War II.

The central space, in the form of a lawn-covered plaza and limited by the surrounding buildings, is all-embracing like a genuine open-air theatre.

Mastery of concrete structures and of the system of prefabricated façades made it possible to use a comprehensive and highly complex architectural idiom.

Although the methodology employed for Les Espaces d'Abraxas is related to previous projects by the Taller de Arquitectura, especially Walden-7 in Barcelona or La Petite Cathédrale in Cergy-Pontoise, this work is nonetheless the first volumetric exercise in space of such large dimensions.

This proposed alternative to anonymous constructions in the suburbs is an example of how the team has managed to embrace different scales of architecture, from the conception of the basic volumes of the complex to the design of façades and urban furniture.

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Amiraux building by architect Henri Sauvage

4 rue Lachapelle Hermann and 13 rue des Amiraux The building was built by architect Henri Sauvage, who wasinterested in social housing and founded in 1903 the limited Company of cheap sanitary housing (HBM).
He gave the building a pyramidal shape, to give each worker a terrace and to bring light.
It was a time when public health problems arose with acuity, tuberculosis made big ravages among the workers.
The building is an "hygienist" answer to these public health problems.
This concept, developed in 1909, was first implemented in 1912 to the building in the street Vavin.
If the plans of the building "Amiraux" were born in 1916, it was not until 1922 that work began.
They lasted nearly 4 years. The building was inaugurated in 1925, and its swimming pool (so-called "Amiraux") in 1930.
The 7 storey building includes a large interior space, in which the architect had planned to house a cinema.
The city of Paris preferred to accommodate a swimming pool.
It also includes 78 flats : 14 with 1 room, 39 with 2 bedrooms, 35 with 3 bedrooms, each involving, in addition, an entrance, a kitchen, a water closet and a storeroom.
The exterior walls are made of a filling brick coated ceramic tiles. The backbone of the whole is fully armed and cement walls are hollow.
The walls are brick and hollow bear a facade ceramic coating. Behind the outer wall is a blank, and then another wall tiles in plaster.
that process has several advantages: it is more economical than building the wall in full, it reinforces the isolation, reduces the weight of the building , Which reduced the cost of foundations. Depth of the foundation explains that the architect has housed the cellars in the third and fourth floors of the building!
The building is classified as historical monument since 1991.
PARIS.Moulin/Windmill DE LA GALETTE.
MONTMARTRE.18th arrondissement

The Moulin de la Galette is a windmill and associated businesses situated near the top of the district of Montmartre in Paris. Since the 17th century the windmill has been known for more than just its milling capabilities. Nineteenth century owners and millers, the Debray family, made a brown bread, galette, which became popular and thus the name of the windmill and its businesses, which have included a famous guinguette and restaurant. In the 19th century, Le Moulin de la Galette, represented diversion for Parisians seeking entertainment, a glass of wine and bread made from flour ground by the windmill. Artists, such as Renoir, van Gogh, and Pissarro have immortalized Le Moulin de la Galette; likely the most notable was Renoir's festive painting, Bal du moulin de la Galette.

The Moulin de la Galette restaurant topped by the Moulin Radet.

The windmill Moulin de la Galette, also known as Blute-fin, was built in 1622.[1][2] The name Blute-fin comes from the French verb bluter which means sifting flour for the separation from bran.
The Debray family acquired the two mills in 1809 for producing flour, the Blute-fin and the Radet, built in 1717. But it was also used to pressurize the harvest or grind materials needed for manufacturing.
An association Friends of Old Montmartre saved it from destruction in 1915. In 1924, its owner moved the windmill to the corner of Girardon and Lepic streets. It was restored in 1978, but is not running. The windmill has been classified as a monument since 1939.
[edit] Sieges in 1814 and 1870

At the end of the Napoleon empire in 1814, during the siege of Paris three Debray men lost their lives defending the windmill against Cossacks, the miller was killed and nailed to the wings of the windmill.[3]
During the Franco-Prussian War Montmartre was attacked by 20,000 Prussian soldiers. During the siege, Pierre-Charles Debray was killed and nailed to the wings of the windmill.[4] A mass grave for those killed during the siege was made just steps away from the Moulin de la Galette.[3]
[edit] Commercial expansion

The mill was turned into a guinguette by the surviving son of the miller killed during the siege of Paris in 1814.[5]

Bal du moulin de la Galette 1876, by Auguste Renoir

The current name Moulin de la Galette is based upon galette, a small brown bread that the Debray millers, who owned the mill in the 19th century, made and sold with a glass of milk. The tasty bread became so popular that it later became the name of the windmill.[3] In 1830, they replaced milk with wine (especially the local Montmartre wine) and the windmill became a cabaret.[4] Parisians made their way to Montmartre to enjoy "the simple pleasures" of the countryside with a glass of wine, freshly baked bread and a terrace view of Paris and the Seine below. In 1833, one of the Debrays decided to open an area for dancing, dedicated to the Greek muse Terpsichore. His flair for dancing and enthusiasm attracted patrons to the dancing hall and it became a success.[6]
Author Émile Zola wrote in 1876, "We rushed off into the countryside to celebrate the joy of not having to listen to any more talk about politics," which often meant reflection of France's defeat in the Franco-Prussian War. Montmartre, attainable by a train ride or a one-hour walk, was still a village with orchards, shops and two remaining windmills.[3]

Photo of Moulin de la Galette in 1885

As the nearby fields were replaced with housing and factories, Nicholas Charles Debray sought commercial opportunities to remain a going concern. One of the windmills was turned into a viewing tower and a dance hall was opened adjacently. People came to the relaxed, popular Moulin de la Galette for entertainment and dancing.[3]
Over its history, the building has experienced a wide range of uses: open-air cafe, music-hall, television studios and restaurant. It is now a private property. The windmill Radet, however, marks the entrance to a bistro named Le Moulin de la Galette.[4]

Industry : supermarkets, catering, import-export, media
Founded : 1976
Headquarters : 163, bd Stalingrad, Vitry-sur-Seine (94400), France
Area served : France, Laos
Key people : Bounmy Rattanavan, Bou Rattanavan

Tang Frères ("Tang Brothers") is an Asian supermarket chain based in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, one of the quartier chinois (Chinatown) of the capital city of France.
Tang Frères is known as the biggest Asian supermarket chain west of China. The company has in fact diversified to other activities, including import of Asian DVDs and TV broadcasting.
Tang Frères has several retail outlets throughout Paris and its immediate suburbs, as well as an outlet in Vientiane, the capital of Laos – the country of origin of the company's founding brothers.
Next to the Ivry's Tang Frères supermarket lies Paristore, another major Asian supermarket from France
Great thread, thanks for the infos :cheers: My contribution:

Les Frigos

vue urbaine par astroJR, sur Flickr

Frigos par BeWePa, sur Flickr

Paris par photo © acidezen, sur Flickr

Les Frigos - 14 par mamasuco, sur Flickr

#358/365 Maybe I've drunk too much for X-Mas... par ★iPh4n70M★, sur Flickr
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