Two pagodas in Meng temple of the Recumbent Buddha in Jinggu County

Last updated by chinatravel at 2014/10/30

Tourists both at home and abroad are longing for the two special pagodas in Meng temple of the Recumbent Buddha in Jinggu County. The pagodas, located in the Dai and Yi autonomous county in Jinggu, are locally called 'Mei He Wo Guang Meng' and 'Guang Meng He Wo Mei' in Dai language which means 'pagoda in the tree' and 'tree in the pagoda's respectively. Being seated in the Dazhai village, Weiyuan town with the area of 3.335 hectare, the Meng Temple of the Recumbent Buddha is the former official Buddha temple with gate, side door, two pagodas, discipline room, the hall, monks'  room of which the two pagodas list on two sides of the hall, in south-to-north direction.

The whole structure was built by the Weiyuan local officer of the Dai minority—Dao Hanchen during 1628—1661. The Dao Guang emperor of the Qing dynasty described 'pagoda in the tree' in "Wei Yuan Dairy" like 'the Big Mian temple is out of the north gate of the Wei city with hundreds of bold yellow-cloth-wrapped Mian monks in it. The former local officer Dao Hanchen built two pagodas of three zhang (zhang is a unit of length, equal to 3.3333 meters) high the left of which is with a Mian tree in it whose luxuriant branches scrawling out of pagoda without damaging it and attracting lots of birds singing and dancing around when sunset time. All the monks considered it a marvelous spectacle and call it pagoda tree till now '

The two pagodas belong to Dai Buddha Temple, the Little Vehicle. Built by the Red Malmstone, the pagoda has a multiple-layered Buddha's statue, called 'Mao Wu Wo Nan' in the Dai language which means 'lotus flower-shaped base ' in shape of the Chinese character "亚"pronounced 'Ya'. The base of the pagoda is square with relief patterns and four "Ai Xiang Nong", the super man on four corners, supporting the body of the pagoda whose upper part is built by blue bricks in shape of the column. The "pagoda in the tree" is 10.74 meters tall with six layers while the "tree in pagoda" has the height of 7.2 meters whose upper part shaped an arch, trees covering the top of the pagoda. With the distance of 30 meters, the two trees are twice as high as the two pagodas.

The two pagodas are of great historical and art value in researching the religion, culture and history of the Dai people in Jinggu county as there are relieves of Dai people's temple stories and popular legends like Ba Ying( the God), Pa Zhao (the Buddha), Hun He Wong Ge Da Mu(the story of the monk in Tang dynasty who went to Japan for Buddhist), and also the relieves of animals and plants like De En Bai Hou,(the lion which is standing upside down), Re Wen (the flying dragon) and Ma Li (the flying horse), etc.

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