Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Nepalese Peace Pagoda


The Nepalese Peace Pagoda complemented the Nepalese Pavilion at the World Exposition 1988 (Expo 88), held at Southbank. Facing north-east towards the Brisbane River, the structure is a faithful replica of a traditional Nepalese temple. The Peace Pagoda is the only international exhibit remaining on the old Expo site. It is also the only example of a Nepalese temple in Australia. It was created by craftsmen of Kathmandu Valley specifically for the exhibition. Over 160 families contributed more than a million hours in creating this masterwork. It was originally sited near the Vulture Street entrance to Expo 88. In 1991 it was moved to its current location, amongst the rainforest near the northern riverbank entrance to the Southbank Parklands.


The intricate woodcarvings on the pagoda are exquisite. The exterior carvings include gods, goddesses, and mythical animals. Inside the pagoda the posts, beams, ceiling, and screen timbers are carved with symbolic designs and scenes. The ceiling has scenes from the enlightenment of Buddha, the walls are carved with flowers, and the inner posts and doors are carved with deities. In one corner stands the statue of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddhist deity of compassion.


It is no wonder that this is one of the most photographed buildings in Brisbane. Even on the past rainy weekend when I took these shots there were many people around who were specifically there to view and visit the Pagoda. The Peace Pagoda has a strong association with many Queenslanders, and to that end, the Friends of the Pagoda who actively sought to retain and maintain the structure after Expo are still active in its support. During April on Sundays you can get a guided tour. Go to their website for more details.

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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1 comment:

Little Miss Moi said...

Dear wes. My friend got married here recently, I believe. I can actually remember it from Expo 88!