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Soundscape evaluation in Han Chinese Buddhist temples

Zhang, D; Zhang, M; Liu, D; Kang, J; (2016) Soundscape evaluation in Han Chinese Buddhist temples. Applied Acoustics , 111 pp. 188-197. 10.1016/j.apacoust.2016.04.020. Green open access

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Abstract

In this study, surveys were conducted at four typical Han Chinese Buddhist temples. These surveys were then analyzed to identify the subjective and objective factors of soundscape evaluation. Field measurements of the four temples’ sound levels were taken over the course of an entire day, and the representative sounds in temples were recorded. Soundscape evaluation questionnaire surveys were distributed at the temples. The analytical results of the questionnaire and measurement data showed that the sound preferences in temples are significantly correlated with sharpness value of the sounds in terms of psychoacoustic parameters, and the average sound levels at the four temples over the course of an entire day were between 47.0 and 52.7 dBA, and approximately 70% of those surveyed tended to evaluate the temples’ soundscapes as comfortable and harmonious. Regarding the objective factors, there was a significant correlation between the measured sound levels and the soundscape evaluations. When the sound level of a temple was higher than 60 dBA, respondents were more likely to feel uncomfortable, and the correlation between the sound level and the evaluation of acoustic comfort substantially increased. Regarding the subjective factors, the respondent’s age, occupation, religious belief, purpose, frequency of visiting the temples, and educational level significantly correlated with the soundscape evaluation with correlation coefficients ranging from 0.13 to 0.35.

Type: Article
Title: Soundscape evaluation in Han Chinese Buddhist temples
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.apacoust.2016.04.020
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.apacoust.2016.04.020
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Han Chinese Buddhist, temple, soundscape, evaluation, influencing factor
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10052472
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