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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Chinese Pagoda Kew Gardens

The Chinese Pagoda in Kew Gardens, south west London, was completed in 1762 and at the time was the tallest reconstruction of a Chinese pagoda in Europe. The mid-eighteenth century was a time of great interest in all things Chinese for European garden designers.

The 50m-tall Chinese Pagoda was designed by Sir William Chambers who had traveled to Canton earlier to feed his interest in things Oriental. The pagoda has 10 floors, which unfortunately is a flaw in itself, as Chinese pagodas traditionally have odd-numbered storeys.


Kew Gardens Station is on the District Line of the London underground.

Leave Kew Gardens Station, walk down Lichfield Road to the Victoria Gate entrance of Kew Gardens.

South West Trains services from Waterloo, via Vauxhall and Clapham Junction, stop at Kew Bridge Station. Alternatively buses #65 and #391 to the Victoria Gate entrance.

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