Wanfo Pagoda: Jinhua’s Essential Landmark
Nataliia Litvinova, 2020-04-29

The time-honored Wanfo Pagoda was famous in Southeast China for its grandiosity and splendid decorations.

    Known as the “No. 1 pagoda in Zhejiang,” Wanfo Pagoda of history was second only to the Porcelain Tower in Nanjing on the national level and was dubbed the “No. 2 pagoda of Jiangnan.” After three years of construction, Wanfo Pagoda, destroyed 70 years ago during World War II, has been successfully rebuilt at a different site.

    

    According to the leader of the tourism development project of Wuzhou Prefecture’s ancient city, the actual height of the rebuilt pagoda is 99.99 m in height, symbolizing the city’s more than 1000 years of cultural heritage.


    The pagoda consists of over 3700 brick-carved Buddha statues and more than 7000 niches, reproducing the spectacle of “thousands of Buddhas.” Additionally, an underground palace covering an area of over 1900 m2 was built to display cultural relics and replicas and show the cultural heritage of Jinhua. 


    The new pagoda is equipped with small elevators and staircases from the 1st floor to the 13th floor. A giant gong for praying is set on the 15th and 16th floors. The 17th floor—the top floor—is well-suited for tourists to have a splendid bird’s-eye view of the city.


(By Xu Zhaohui, translated by Kang Meiling, edited by Kendra Fiddler)