Pazhou Pagoda

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Pazhou Pagoda

Pazhou Pagoda (Chinese: 琶洲塔; pinyin: Pázhōu tǎ; Jyutping: paa4zau1taap3), also called Whampoa Pagoda by the westerners, is an ancient Chinese Pagoda located in Haizhu District, Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, China.[1]


The Whampoa Pagoda in 1853.

The Pazhou Pagoda initiated work in 1597 and it was completely built in 1600.[1] The pagoda is situated on a knoll at the south bank of Pearl River. Although it was built as a Buddhist landmark, it was also a useful navigation point for merchant ship travelling to Guangzhou.[1][2][3]


It is an octagonal tower with 9 main sections and 17 sub sections.[4] The tower stands at about 59 metres and has a diameter at the base of 12.7 metres.[4] It covers a total area of 111 square metres.[4][5]

As similar functions to Chigang Pagoda, it was built for Fengshui and allow safe navigation of merchant ships travelling along the Pearl River towards Guangzhou.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Pazhou Pagoda". Source: 2009-11-04. 
  2. ^ "Ancient Architecture of Guangzhou: Pagodas". 2003-05-29. 
  3. ^ "琶洲塔简介". 
  4. ^ a b c d China Travel. "Pazhou Tower". 
  5. ^ "琶洲塔". 

Coordinates: 23°05′57″N 113°22′36″E / 23.099071°N 113.376736°E / 23.099071; 113.376736