Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion in Menghai, Xishuangbanna, China

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Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion in Menghai, Xishuangbanna, China

Dai craftmanship: Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion

Xishuangbanna is a whole different side of China. It is in between China and Southeast Asia: Thailand and Laos. Weather is tropical, and the majority of people are Dai nationality. They even use different language: Dai. I traveled in Xishuangbanna twice, on my way to and back from Laos. The second time, I’ve decided to explore different parts of Xishugnabanna. From Jinghong, you can choose few different day trips to another region. I moved to Menghai for a couple days and went further.

The Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion 八角亭 is situated on a hill in Jingzhen Village, in the county of Menghai, Yunnan Province, which is about 87 kilometers (54 miles) away from the city of Jinghong. It represents the superb craftsmanship of the Dai Minority in both construction and decoration. It is first built in 1701. The original structure was damaged during the Cultural Revolution but renovated in 1978 and the ornate decoration is still impressive. The paintings on the wall of the Manlei Buddhist Temple are scenes from Jataka, the life history of Buddha.

If you go: Catch a bus to Mengzhe 猛遮 and ask the driver to let you know when you have to get off. They’ll understand.

Entrance Fee: 20 CNY

 

Praying Monk statue at Octagonal Pavilion

Praying Monk statue at Octagonal Pavilion

Octagonal Pavilion in Jingzhen, China

Octagonal Pavilion in Jingzhen, China

Octagonal Pavilion in Detail

Octagonal Pavilion in Detail

Octagonal Pavilion in Jingzhen Village, in the county of Menghai, Yunnan Province

Octagonal Pavilion in Jingzhen Village – beautiful craftsmanship

Roof of the temple next to Octagonal Pavilion

Roof of Manlei Temple

Temple next to Octagonal Pavilion

Buddha painting on the wall of Manlei Temple

From Octagonal Pavilion Temple

From Manlei Temple

Monk's Robe at the temple

Monk’s Robe at Manlei Temple

Wall painting at the temple-Jataka, the life history of Buddha

Wall painting at the Manlei temple – Jataka, the life history of Buddha

Wall painting at the temple next to Octagonal Pavilion

Wall painting at the Manlei temple – Jataka, the life history of Buddha

Wall painting at the temple next to Octagonal Pavilion

Wall painting at the Manlei temple – Jataka, the life history of Buddha

Temple next to Octagonal Pavilion

Architecture of Manlei Temple

Toilet looks like Octagonal Pavilion

Cute Toilet Designed like Octagonal Pavilion

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

9 Comments

  1. Wow – what an incredible roof! So much detail…. incredible shots Juno!

    Nick

  2. Kathryn says:

    Great photos! Do you know how old the painting are? – such vivid colours

  3. Barbara says:

    I feel like I’m right there with you thanks to these dramatic photos. Is the praying monk made of wood and preserved from the 1700’s? That’s impressive.

  4. Paul Harry says:

    Fantastic and wonderful photos Juno. I love the historical places and stuff. You are a real Travel blogger.
    Thanks

  5. Ashleen Moreen says:

    Such great pictures and I am happy to see this following beautiful photos. Octagonal Pavilion is such a wonderful place and I really love to go this place. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Tiffany says:

    Looking at the first picture.. I thought it’s a huge series of houses or a village. I was surprised to see that it is just one small temple. The octagonal design is very creative and beautiful. The roof also looks like scales of a dragon. It’s simply stunning! 🙂

  7. Wanderplex says:

    I love your photos! The art and decoration are just incredible – wow!

  8. Do you recall where you saw the octagonal toilet building and do you have any other photos of it?

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