Wanfo Pagoda Opens to the Public
On December 31, the underground palace, first floor, and 15th and 16th floors of Wanfo Pagoda were put into operation upon the completion of the interior decorating. For the first time, Jinhua’s citizens can walk inside the pagoda and enjoy this treasure house up close.
On the map of Jinhua in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the ancient city—whose shape was like a ship with a “mast” standing tall—was located on the north bank of Wujiang River. The “mast” is the tallest building in Jinhua since ancient times: Wanfo Pagoda.
Wanfo Pagoda was destroyed during the Second Sino-Japanese War more than 70 years ago. In 2018, the government decided to reconstruct the pagoda. Inside the pagoda, there are small elevators between the 1s and 13th floors, as well as two staircases. The blessing bell is installed on the 15th and 16th floors, and the 17th floor is the top floor. After visiting the underground palace and the first floor, tourists can take the elevator directly to the 15th floor to pray and strike the blessing bell. Meanwhile, they can enjoy the beauty of Jinhua from a bird’s-eye view, as this is the best place to find an overlook of Jinhua. (By Xu Zhaohui, translated by Li Ziyi, edited by Kendra Fiddler)