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Tallest Pagoda in Asia Burns to the Ground | National Geographic ctm magazine

On December 10, 2017, fire destroyed the tallest pagoda in Asia. Located in Mianzhu City, China, the Buddhist pagoda dated back to the Ming Dynasty.
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This is the tallest pagoda in Asia, and it’s burning to the ground. The Buddhist pagoda was about 15 stories high and dates back to the Ming Dynasty. It was being renovated after the original was destroyed in 2008 during an earthquake. Now it will have to be renovated again. The fire burned for over four hours. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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  • Jerry VanNuys on December 16, 2017

    Renovate: to restore to a former better state as by cleaning or repairing.

    When it is a pile of ashes, I think "renovation" is the wrong word to use.
    It seems overly optimistic in this application.

  • Roy Godiksen on December 16, 2017

    So sad…

  • Phil Rabe on December 16, 2017

    No before picture?

  • voιd ѕтar on December 16, 2017

    Nothing last forever what buddhist call? Impermanence.

  • Brett Elliott on December 17, 2017

    Nothing is permanent

  • Johnny Davis on December 17, 2017

    Huhh…… strange.🤔

  • Linda Lee on December 17, 2017


  • dlbstl on December 18, 2017

    You should at least show us what it looked like before 2008 and before 2017. Just to see what was lost!

  • Benjamin Lee on December 20, 2017

    Anyone know the background music?

  • Haight the Great on December 20, 2017

    Needs more then a renovation

  • Christian Mendoza on January 16, 2018

    What a devastating loss 😔

  • Mai Mayer on January 28, 2018

    This is really sad, something so historic is destroyed

  • Ganikus on March 29, 2018

    Actually this pagoda was built during the Ming dynasty but was half taller. It is only during the last century of the Qing dynasty that it was built as it was now. Most of the structure in China said to be from the Tang, Song, Yuan , Ming, were much smaller and usually totally different than they are now. All of them were naturally ameliorated during time and it's during the Qing that they all took their "modern" styles. And some buildings said to be from Tang dynasty, as many can be seen, in Shanxi and Henan, are entirely modern structures build the last 30 years.

  • 은평구냥아치 on May 2, 2018

    Mao will like it.
    He destroyed many traditional cultures and cultural assets.

  • Uro Taion on May 21, 2018


  • Joe A. on June 12, 2018

    “I am the Lord your God, you shall have no strange gods before me.”

  • Pitou Keo on February 12, 2019

    Anyone knows the cause of the fire?

  • 80's musicmix on May 26, 2019

    to renovated you first have to destroy

  • Bao Cao on June 25, 2019

    there no way to stop the fire since it wood building

  • Rence Channel on July 8, 2019

    Build a pagoda made of metal. In exchange for wood

  • GunsN ́Buns on February 10, 2021

    No buildings of sprititual value in China are older than the 1960s because of a thing called the "cultural revolution". Even if this building is as old as they claimed, the inside has probably been gutted. China is not a country where any tourists want to visit because their entire history is fabricated. China is certainly no where as old as countries like Japan or Vietnam because China´s history is constantly being revised and rewritten to unite 1.3 billion people of various ethnicities brainwashed to think they are the same Han people when they themselves can´t even understand each other´s languages.

  • melanie emalneis on June 9, 2021

    Oh no!! Im Sorry Asia :"(

  • Vũ Bị Bắt Nạt on September 26, 2021

    Free fire , gun skin color buff damage go brr brr

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