The Jade Pagoda
The Jade Pagoda
As we drove up to the Jade Pagoda we knew this was something different and unique.
A slightly different shape and a very different exterior.
The Jade Pagoda or more formally Werawsana Pagoda is 75 feet 6 inches high and 176 feet in circumference; each terrace is 52 feet 6 inches long, 52 feet 6 inches broad and 12 feet high. The Umbrella on the top of the Pagoda is 7 feet high and the decorative Banana Bud is 8 feet 6 inches high. Each of the four entrance caves facing four cardinal directions have a jade Buddha statue in seated position. Thirty thousand jade Buddha statues, each measuring 2 inches in circumference, adorn the entire body of the Pagoda.
The Jade Pagoda can withstand an earthquake of 6.59 Richter scale. To enable it to meet heavy storms they used board pile technology. On the steel frame, iron nets and cement were added. There are no bricks and only jade stones that have been collected by donors for over twenty five years are used in the construction. The quality jade stones of A,B,C,D grades of international jade market, totalling over one thousand tons of weight were used to build this Pagoda and 850 tons of quality jade stones are enshrined in the body of the Pagoda. The diamond Bud is also made of quality jade.
“Werawsana” means it was built for all peoples of Myanmar and all peoples of the world who worship and paid homage to it. They all may receive all blessings that is all Mingalar (which can mean blessing, we are blessed and is used in welcome or hello) and enjoy peace. Therefore, the title-name means giving of peace, progress, prosperity, good fortune, glory, fame, wealth and immunity from all dangers, and wish-fulfilling.
Valued anywhere between ten and twenty million, it matters not, the only jade pagoda in the world has a charm beyond its building materials.
Wow as we saw the first Buddha.
The other three Buddha’s.
The jade panel behind one of the Buddha’s and a side panel.
Two of the outdoor panels and the ‘umbrella’ at the top.
Two more precious panels.
One of the two bells, detail of the yoke and canons.
Teak detail for one of the Buddha’s shrines.
Sunset saw the pagoda take on the pinks.
One of the natural jade rock pillars.
Another pillar and the building next door at sunset.
As the lights came on a slim piece of jade was backlit. The dome lit and looking back.
Leaving a very special place.
ALL IN ALL A MEMORIAL OF GREAT BEAUTY
BEAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED AND UNIQUE