La'ie Walking Tour: House structure

House structure
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Since Fiji consists of many islands the typical structure of a Bure or house differs from place to place. Those found at the Polynesian Cultural Center such as the one in this photograph are patterned after the Lau group, which are the finest examples of Fijian workmanship found anywhere in the world outside Fiji. You will notice that the structure is usually constructed with very high-pitched roofs, which allows better air circulation and helps the frequent Fijian rain run off. The roof is covered with sugarcane leaf thatching and depending on the craftsmanship have a life expectancy of ten to fifteen years.

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