“The First Pagoda in Qiongzhou” to be completed 3 months later

On June 10, the main tower of the reconstruction project of Haikou Mingchang Pagoda is successfully capped, which marks the great progress for Haikou’s efforts on upgrading the city, restoring the historical contextof Meishe River and exploring the historical and cultural relics. 

According to the historical documents, during Wanli period in Ming Dynasty, the local governor Tu Wenkui and the supervisor Xu Ziwei in Qiongzhou came to Hainan and built the Mingchang Pagoda near Taguang Village and Xiayao Village in 1597, in order to revitalize Hainan’s culture. 

The Pagoda was seven-story with eight sides and 34-meter high. Regarded as the “First Pagoda in Qiongzhou”, it was the highest pagoda in Northern Qiongzhou in Ming Dynasty, facing the Temple of Five Lords in distance.

Afterwards, the Pagoda suffered destruction several times. In 1604, the Qiongzhou earthquake brought great damages to Mingchang Pagoda. In 1944, the Japanese invaders forcibly removed the Pagoda and stopped at the fourth story, because they were shocked by the two large pythons curling up in the tower, leaving the remaining of the half of the pagoda. In 1958, during the period of “Great Leap Forward”, the local people demolished the tower to take the bricks to build pigpens. At present, there remains only two broken stales, but related historical documents and literary works are preserved relatively well.

Haikou has attached much importance to the restoration of the history relics. In the past two years,relevant departments have held several seminars to collect opinions and suggestions from the public. At the same time, they invited consultants and experts from the design institute to conduct on-the-spot investigation and guidance.

In December 2018, with the approval of the Haikou Municipal Party Committee and the Municipal Government, the Mingchang Pagoda Reconstruction Project started construction smoothly and became one of the second batch of construction projects in Hainan Free Trade Zone.

The Reconstruction Project is located onat the small highland on the west bank of Meishe River near Guoxing Avenue in Haikou, 200 to 300 meters away from the original site. It covers an area of 40.2 mu, and the main buildings include Mingchang Pagoda and its annexes. Mingchang Pagoda appears an octagonal shape and is make of steel concrete, with a total height of 33 meters.

Since the beginning, the construction units have strictly followed the requirements of the Haikou Municipal Party Committee and the Municipal Government on the completion of the project, and completed the construction of the main tower at the scheduled time. At the same time, supporting projects are also under construction. During the promotion process, the project won the support of the surrounding villagers, who have donated 12 pieces of original cultural relics and actively participated in the relative activities.

It is expected that the reconstruction project will be completed by the end of September this year and will be open to the citizens and visitors.

Responsible editor: 丁昕
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