Iron Pagoda is located in the Iron Pagoda Park in the northeast of Kaifeng City in Henan Province China. With its sophisticated architecture, lofty height and magnificent scale, Iron Pagoda is reputed as “The First Pagoda under Heaven”.
The Iron Pagoda is 56.88-meter high, 8-squared and 13 stories, which is highest glazed-bricked pagoda presently preserved in China. The pagoda is timber-made and paved with glazed bricks. The glazed brick is carved with 50-plus patterns, ranging from lifelike flying apsaras, Buddhist statue, dance, to music, flower, and totem. What surprising most is that the bricks of this pagoda could be grooved as easily as done on wood and thus each brick could embed to others easily and seamlessly. Each story of the pagoda is equipped with a small window, with real windows on even stories and drawn windows on odd stories. On the eaves of the pagoda hang 104 Bells, which swings with breeze, just like playing a marvelous music. Inside of the pagoda founds 168 steps revolving with the pillar in the center and visitors could climb along the buttress ascending to the top. Standing on the top of the pagoda, visitors could have a bird’s eye view of the surroundings, the grass-carpeted lands, belt-like Yangtze River and boundless skyline in distance. Visitors would have an illusion of wandering around the heaven when visiting here.
Although built for thousands of years, the iron pagoda keeps still and particularly solid after weathering 38 earthquakes, 10 hails, 19 windstorms and 16 floods in history, even the attack from Japanese enemy by plane and artillery in 1938. Now, the iron pagoda is appealing numerous travel-lovers to pay a visit annually with its unbeatable charm. Come to discover it and you will never be disappointed.
Admission Fee: 35RMB for the entrance fee. 10RMB for climbing the pagoda
Opening Time: 7:00-19:00
How to get to: Take the bus No. 1, 3, 20 to get there.