Sunday, December 17

Tallest Pagoda in Asia Burns to the Ground

The Lingguan Tower, billed as 'Asia's tallest wooden pagoda', burnt to the ground after being engulfed in the flames for about four hours.The fire reportedly started from a hall underneath the pagoda and quickly spread to the wooden structure.The fire started at around 12:40 pm at the Main Hall of the Nine Dragons Monastery, which is situated in Mianzhu city, Sichuan Province, reported People's Daily Online.The Buddhist temple is known as the Jiulong Monastery in Chinese.High winds quickly pushed the blaze towards the pagoda as well as the Hall of Arhan near the Main Hall, said the report.The three buildings occupied an area of more than 800 square meters (8,611 square feet).No casualties have been reported so far. The Main Hall and the Hall of Arhan were said to be destroyed too.Situated seven kilometers (4.3 miles) outside of Mianzhu city, the original Nine Dragons Monastery was destroyed in an earthquake in 2010.Construction workers had spent seven years rebuilding the holy site before the fire occurred. The monastery was destroyed before its construction was complete.The Mianzhu authority is investigating the cause of the fire.

News- Source: DailyMail


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