Three Pagodas Of Dali
The Three Pagodas are located 1 km northwest
of Dali Old Town at the foot of Zhonghe Peak. They are historical
witnesses of the prevailing Buddhism in those days in Dali.
The Three Pagodas consist of one big pagoda and two small
ones. They stsnd like the three legs of a tripod which looks
magnificent. They are one of the wonders in Dali. In the middle
period of the Nanzhao reign, Buddhism was all the rage and
in the late period of this Kingdom, when it reached its hayday,
Buddhist temples were built all over Yunnan. The Chongsheng
Monastery was built by the 10 th king in the era of Quanfengyou(824-859
AD). It was destroyed during the Xianfeng Period in the Qing
Dynasty. The Three Pagodas were built respectively at different
periods of time. The main pagoda, the Qianxun Pagoda, which
is named after its height, was ereted when the Chongsheng
Monastery was built. The Qianxun Pagoda is a sixteen-story
tower and height of 69.13 metres.On the south and north side
of the main pagoda stand two small octagonal ones with closed
eaves. Each has 10 stories at a height of 42.4 metres. They
were erected during the Wudai Period of the Dali Kingdom.
The Three Pagodas are representation of the ancient architectural
and cultural arts of the Bai nationality.
Pagodas of Dali
City OF Dali