Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion

Last updated by meimeili at 2017/6/19

The Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion is one of the most evocative representations of the art, craft, and innovation of the Dai Minority. Standing atop Jingzhen Hill, the Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion was erected on 1701 during the height of the Qing Dynasty.

The pavilion was originally erected in a nearby Hinayama Temple but it was destroyed. The pavilion itself has withstood the test of time in which much of the original features and structures are still present whilst also having three major repairs throughout its lifetime.

If the salons within the Versailles are gilded with European art, decoration and lovely interior designs, the Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion is a masterpiece to behold with its lovely golden imagery, ornate decorations and fantastic artistry both inside and outside. Anyone who has seen this incredible pavilion will definitely be enamored by the languid yet sophisticated allure of this beautiful pavilion. It is a bit of an irony exposing such a beautiful form of art atop a solitary hill. Nevertheless, it also gives the structure its unique charm, a calming feeling especially with the bustling winds.

The Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion was created using bricks and wood. Its structure consists of the Sumeru base, the body, roof and the mast. The pavilion is 15.42 meters high from the base to the roof. The roof and walls is complex with their multi-angular structure created from bricks. There are 16 columns in which each angle of the wall is reinforced with one pillar. There are 4 entrances on the Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion with 4 doors. The walls are decorated with red clay as well as pieces of colored glass as well as floral patterns, animal figures and ornate details. The wooden roof has a conical shape. The ridges take the form of small pagodas in which flame inspired glass décor and beast forms are applied.

A triumph of Buddhist architecture, design and craftsmanship, the Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion  that provides a very beautiful view of the lovely landscape at the foot of the hills. The wind lightly rings the bells attached, creating a melodious sound, resonating at the top of the hill. For someone interested in traditional Chinese architecture and Buddhist decorations, this is a fantastic location to visit. For the price of CNY10, you can enjoy taking pictures, exploring and relaxing while beholding the incredible structure that has stood up for 300 years.

The Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion is one of the great reminders of impeccable Chinese tradition when it comes to craft, architecture, decoration and discipline. Though it maybe 300 years old, the structure still looks elegant, solid and refined, thanks to the numerous renovations and reinforcements done to ensure that the structure will remain in good condition for hundreds of years to come. To further protect this iconic contribution of the Dai ethnic minorities, the government has considered the Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion as a protected historical site in 1988. Today, it still stands mightily as an important reminder of beautiful architecture.

If you are looking for historical relics of China’s artistry and craftsmanship, or if you just want to enjoy a nice experience in a lovely, sacred venue, you will definitely enjoy the appeal of the Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion. Visit this marvelous Buddhist Pavilion during spring or when the trees are in full bloom. The bold colors and impressive architecture will definitely appeal any traveler. This is a perfect venue for couples to visit due to its romantic appeal.

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Take a bus heading to the Meng Hai County at the station in Ban Na.

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