Pagoda In Hongshengsi Monastery
Pagoda is also called the Mono-agoda and is located in Hongshengsi
Temple, southwest of Dali. It coordinates with the Three Pagodas
of Chongshengsi Monastery from afar, and is one of the famous Tang
pagodas in Yunnan.
It is a square and close-eaved
brick pagoda of 16 tiers and height of 46 metres.
There are two entrances and two stairs on both
sides of its basement, leading to the top. Each
tier of the pagoda has double eaves with upturned
cornices on the four corners. From the second
to the fifteen tier, there are niches on each
side and every niche contains an image of Buddha.
The entire pagoda looks elegant, and is in the
shape of a parabola. No data of the exact date
of its construction is available, but judging
from the shape and inscriptions, the time of its
construction should fall on the late period of
the Tang Dynasty. During thejiajing era (1522-1566),
the first renovation took place. The latest renovation
was made in 1981; some important historical relics
were discovered, such as bronze images of Buddha,
bricks with inscriptions in Sanskrit and Chinese
characters were found.