What is a pagoda?
A pagoda is a tiered tower with multiple eaves common to China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and other parts of Asia. Most pagodas were built to have a religious function, most often Buddhist but sometimes Taoist, and were often located in or near viharas. The pagoda traces its origins to the stupa of ancient India.
Where is Shwedagon Pagoda located?
Shwedagon Pagoda located in Yangon, Myanmar. The whole structure is coated with 60 tons of pure gold The Sun and Moon Pagodas lighted at night and reflected in Lake Shanhu in November 2017. ^ “The Origin of Pagodas”.
When was the first brick pagoda built?
The earliest extant brick pagoda is the 40-metre-tall Songyue Pagoda in Dengfeng Country, Henan. This curved, circle-based pagoda was built in 523 during the Northern Wei Dynasty, and has survived for 15 centuries.
What is the oldest pagoda in China?
The earliest large-scale stone pagoda is a Four Gates Pagoda at Licheng, Shandong, built in 611 during the Sui dynasty. Like the Songyue Pagoda, it also features a spire at its top, and is built in the pavilion style.