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    Solomon Islands: Looking up at palm trees. Go Now!

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    Tonga: Coastline. Go Now!

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    Vanuatu: Jetty into the ocean. Go Now!

    Picturesque serenity is a good way to describe Vanuatu, but the culture offers much more, including the inspiration for bungee jumping, which remains a rite of passage for young men. Explore Vanuatu!

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    Federated States of Micronesia: Overlooking some islands. Go Now!

    Federated States of Micronesia
    This diverse country stretches for thousands of miles and has the diversity to prove it, including the people from Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Yap among others. Begin Your Journey!

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Architecture of Kiribati

Kiribati's traditional architecture is simple and limited. Most buildings were made of wood, stood a couple feet off the ground, and had thatched roofs. These houses were small, but most villages also had community houses where the people could gather. Beyond these homes, there was little architectural variation in Kiribati prior to the arrival of the Europeans.

With the arrival of the Europeans and missionaries the architecture changed in building materials, techniques, and use. Stronger woods and joining techniques made buildings last longer. New materials, such as bricks were also introduced and are common in the construction of churches, an addition brought by the Europeans and the conversion to Christianity. Other materials, such as concrete and sheet metal are also important as many houses use these materials for construction today.

Today houses and other buildings use more western materials to construct buildings and some European or international styles have also made their way to Kiribati. This is especially true in urban centers, such as Tarawa.

This page was last updated: February, 2013