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Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion

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Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion

As one of the important relics of Xishuangbanna, the Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion is named after the place where it is located. The octagonal pavilion, called "Wo Su" in the Dai language, is a place where the senior Buddhist monks giving sutra, repenting, holding meetings and memorizing Buddha. In the village of Jingzhen, about 14 km northwest of Menghai, is the Octagonal Pavilion, first built in 1701 as a place of Buddhist worship. The original structure was severely damaged during the Cultural Revolution but renovated in 1978 and the ornate decoration is still impressive. The temple also operates as a monastic school. The paintings on the wall of the temple depict scenes from the Jatatka, the life history of Buddha.

The pagoda consists of a platform, a body and a top. Its total height is 15.4 meters, with a 2 meter-tall and 8.6 meter-wide platform and a 5 meter-high body. A copper sculpture of Sakyamuni is enshrined inside. The pavilion is one of the best examples of Dai architecture. It is said that the Jingzhen Octagonal Pagoda is modeled on the golden hat worn by Sakyamuni in order to show people's admiration for him. In ancient times, it was the place for monks to have meetings. On the 15 th and 30 th of each Dai month, religious activities were held here.

Jingzhen is a pleasant, rural spot for walks along the river or the fish ponds behind the village. Frequent minibuses from the minibus center in Menghai go via Jingzhen. What's more, the octagonal seems much more beautiful with the green ancient Bodhi Tree located between Jung Zhen Temple and the octagonal. The tree is so large that we need six or seven people to hold the trunk around which is also peculiar scenery.


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