The Thai pavilion at Olbrich Botanical Gardens is one of Madison's great photo destinations. From the website:
A pavilion, or sala, is a common structure in Thailand generally used as a shelter from rain and heat. Olbrich's pavilion is more ornate than most roadside salas in Thailand and represents those found at a temple or on a palace grounds. However, Olbrich's pavilion is not a religious structure.Of course, the UW-Madison is also located in close proximity to water. It always struck me as a bit sad that the University could not find a lakeside setting for this magnificent gift. But it all turned out for the best. Olbrich has gone on and built an enchanted garden around this beautiful building, filled with additional surprises and grace notes.
The pavilion was a gift to the University of Wisconsin-Madison from the Thai Government and the Thai Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association. UW-Madison has one of the largest Thai student populations of any 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.