The pagoda is evolved from the stupa from the Indian subcontinent, a tomb-like structure where sacred relics could be kept safe and venerated. The architectural structure of the stupa has spread across Asia, and the original dome-shaped structure of the stupa from India was gradually fused together with the design of ancient Chinese towers to form the shape of the Chinese pagoda.
The Pagoda’s original purpose was to house relics and sacred writings. This purpose was popularized due to the efforts of Buddhist missionaries, pilgrims, rulers, and ordinary devotees to seek out, distribute, and extol Buddhist relics.
There are some which make the history very attractive like the one architectural wonder which is located at the foot of Yuelun Hill, in Hangzhou and is also known as “Six Harmonies Pagoda”. Liuhe Pagoda was originally built, during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127 AD). The octagonal pagoda was built out of brick and wood, and is 196 feet high.
The pagoda is most popular structure associated with Buddhism. Its origin can be traced all the way back to the 3rd century BC. Another most famous is the Yellow Crane Pagoda also known as “The First Scenery under Heaven”. Yellow Crane Pagoda is one of the most popular towers south of the Yangtze River. It is also a symbol of Wuhan City which is originally built during the Three Kingdoms Period, by Sun Quan. The current structure dates back to 1985, and it copies the design of a Qing Dynasty picture.
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