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PAZHOU PAGODA (琶洲塔), also known as WHAMPOA PAGODA, is an ancient Chinese pagoda
Chinese pagoda
on Pazhou Island
Pazhou Island
in Haizhu District , Guangzhou , the capital of China
China
's Guangdong
Guangdong
Province .

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Architecture * 3 References * 4 External links

HISTORY

The Whampoa Pagoda initiated work in 1597 and it was completely built in 1600. The pagoda is situated on a knoll at the south bank of Pearl River . Although it was built as a Buddhist landmark, it was also a useful navigation point for merchant ships travelling to Guangzhou
Guangzhou
.

ARCHITECTURE

It is an octagonal tower with 9 main sections and 17 sub sections. The tower stands at about 59 meters (194 ft) and has a diameter at the base of 12.7 meters (42 ft). It covers a total area of 111 square metres.

As similar functions to Chigang Pagoda
Chigang Pagoda
, it was built for Fengshui and allow safe navigation of merchant ships travelling along the Pearl River towards Guangzhou
Guangzhou
.

REFERENCES

* ^ A B C "Pazhou Pagoda". Source: gz.gov.cn. 2009-11-04. * ^ "Ancient Architecture of Guangzhou: Pagodas". www.newsgd.com. 2003-05-29. * ^ "琶洲塔简介". * ^ A B C D China
China
Travel. "Pazhou Tower". * ^ "琶洲塔".

Coordinates : 23°06′06″N 113°22′13″E / 23.10176°N 113.37027°E / 23.10176; 113.37027

EXTERNAL LINKS

Wikimedia Commons

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