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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Peace Pagoda Battersea Park

The Japanese Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park on the south bank of the River Thames was the inspiration of the Reverend Gyoro Nagase from Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, who was involved in the construction of the first Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist sect's Peace Pagoda in Milton Keynes in the late 1970s. Nipponzan Myohoji is an offshoot of Nichiren Buddhism.

Moving to London in the mid-1980s, Nagase was instrumental in the construction of another pagoda in Battersea Park.



The 33.5m high Peace Pagoda can be viewed from Chelsea Embankment and Albert Bridge. The pagoda is decorated with four gilded statues of the Buddha on its four sides. There are over 80 such peace pagodas all over the world including one in Vienna, Austria.

Now a well-known spiritual centre, further information on the pagoda can be found here.

Other attractions in London not far from The Peace Pagoda include Big Ben, Westminster Abbey or farther afield Buckingham Palace all on the north side of the Thames.

Peace Pagoda Map

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