Having experienced more than 300 years of changes, the Octagonal Pavilion appealed to an increasing number of visitors with its historic breath and special architecture design. With a tallness of 21 meters, this magnificent pavilion is a brick-wood architecture that is a perfect combination of the Southeastern Asian flavor and the antique style. In addition, there are 31 special pictures of elephants, lions and tigers on the sidings forming an art-gallery-like place.
As one of the significant cradles of the Buddhist culture, here will be alive on every 15 and 30 of each month when the celebrated monks give preach. As a typical Hinayana Buddhist style building, the Octagonal Pavilion is the most famous architectural site in Xishuangbanna. It stands on a man-made hill named Jingzhen 14 kilometers (8 miles) west of Menghai, facing Jingzhen Lake on the left side and just off the Foshuang road on right.
Reputedly built in the Qing Dynasty, Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion is still in good preservation due to the fine attendance of the Dai people and is treasured by Hinayana Buddhist home and abroad for years. The story of the temple's construction revolves two pious locals who wanted to honor the Buddha and put an end to the despotic rule of rapacious wasps. From 1698 to 1701 they supervised the construction of wasp-displacing hill, built the Pavilion and encouraged religious gatherings. Later it became a place for Buddha reciting sutra, confessing and holding meetings.
For your exploration of the Chinese architecture culture and Buddhist culture, the miraculous Octagonal Pavilion should be on the list.
Opening Hours: 9:00 -- 17:00
5 CNY for the kids
10 CNY for the adults
Location: 40 km away from Menghai County, Xishuangbanna
Transportation: Shuttle bus from Jinghong Bus Station will bring you here
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