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East pagoda

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East pagoda Kunming is an integral part of the architectural complex, including the West pagoda. The construction of the pagoda began in the year 824, the Emperor of the Tang dynasty, and was completed in 859, after that this attraction has become one of the key to the city. The ancient masters skillfully embodied in the building of the idea of the harmonious unity of man and nature. For this purpose it was decided to erect a multistoried building consisting of 11 floors. The tiers are separated from each other by using a slate plate, which creates from a distance the impression of a weightless structure.

By all the canons of traditional architecture, each floor of the pagoda is smaller than the previous one. Due to this effect the pagoda looks tapered at the top. According to the beliefs of Buddhists conical shape - a symbol of human desire for contact with the higher forces of the universe. The roof is crowned with two cocks made of metal, and in the center there is a spire of unusual shape.

In 1833, the East pagoda was greatly damaged after the devastating earthquake, and a decision on its restoration was made only in the early nineteenth century. In General, the builders managed to preserve the traditional concept of the project, however, in some places, the building acquired new elements.

Currently, the pagoda is situated in the southwestern part of Kunming and delights tourists with its monumentality combined with delicate ornaments. Visiting attractions is an important part of the tourism program of the city, as, having become acquainted with the peculiarities of the Chinese culture, you can better understand the specifics of Eastern culture.