Pagoda is located on top of the mountain in Manfeilong Village in
Jinhong County of Yunnan Province. The pagoda is a famous stupa
group in Xishuanbanna. The white stupa looks like a white bottle
gourd while the minarets look like bamboo shoots, hence the name
"Bamboo Shoot Tower". Due to the white stupa, some people
also called it the White Pagoda.
Crossing a river along Manfeilong
Village, you¡äll come across more than 200
stone steps, which have a boundless virgin forest on
the left side and an exuberant hurst of rubber plants
on the right side. The pagoda, on a mountaintop, actually
consists of 9 stupas, with the primary stupa in the
center while the other 8 smaller stupas clustering to
its base. The primary pagoda measures 16.29 meters and
the 8 pagodas on the sides look like a group of children
nestling around the mother. In each stupa, there is
a niche featuring a Buddhist statue and a Buddhist relief,
and on top of the niche is a flying phoenix. At the
gate of each stupa are two giant dragons engraved out
of earth. Bells hung on the stupas give wonderful tinkles
in the breezes.
Below one of the stupas and in a
niche the Buddha¡äs footprint is enshrined.
Legend has it that the 80 cm long and 58 cm wide footprint
was left by Sakyamuni, the founder of the Buddhist religion,
during his visit in the area.
Records in a sutra show that Manfeilong
Pagoda was first built in 1204 (565 in the Dai calendar).
It was designed by three monks from India and the design
was executed under the sponsorship of the chieftain
of Menglong tribe. After two renovates in modern times,
the pagoda was listed as a national key cultural relic
The White Feilong Pagodas was built
in 1204 with a history of 778 years. It is said the
pagodas were designed by three Indian Buddhist monks.
The person taking charge of the construction was Hubananpi.
All these are recorded in the Pattra Scripture.In the
past few years, the pagodas have been restored and become
the state historic relic reservation. During the Water-Sprinkling
Festival, the Dai people, men and women, old and young,
will dance around the pagodas to cerebrate the New Year.
Manfeilong Pagodas, also known as
the Flying Dragon White Pagodas. It is also known by
two other names: White Pagoda and Bamboo Shoot Pagoda.
Built with stones and bricks in 556 by the Dai calendar
(1204), the pagodas are octangular in shape.
On the primary rock appears a foot
print, which is said to be made by Sakyamuni. The Manfeilong
Tower Pagoda consists of nine stupas. They are made
of bricks, with typical club-like bases topped by calabash
Seen from the distance, they look
very like bamboo shoots that have emerged from the soil
after the spring rain. The Manfeilong Pagoda is decorated
with beautiful sculpture, relief and colored paintings
in the style of the Dai ethnic minority.