Jiele Great Golden Pagoda in Ruili City, Dehong

Why is Jiele Great Golden Pagoda So Special

Jiele Great Golden Pagoda is situated at Jiele Village, 7 kilometers away from Ruili City and close to No.320 National Highway. It has a long history and has experienced the destruction and reconstruction for eight times. The pagoda now was modeled in the early 1980s at its original style. It is honored as the first Buddhist pagoda in Dehong. It enjoys the same prestige as Mandele Buddhist Pagoda in Myanmar and is one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in Southeast Asia.

Where is Jiele Great Golden Pagoda-Location

Jiele Great Golden Pagoda is situated at Jiele Village, 7 kilometers away from Ruili City.

History and Culture of Jiele Great Golden Pagoda

The Jiele Great Golden Pagoda was built in the 17th century. It consists of 17 pagodas. The pagoda is covered with golden tiles. In addition to the main pagoda, there are 16 small pagodas painted with golden color. The tower base was built with rectangular bluestone. The pagoda group is a steel-concrete structure. The main pagoda is 39.5 meters high. The pagoda body is a regular octagonal shape. It has a cone shape and is covered with golden ceramic tiles. There are a umbrella made of anodized aluminum and weather vane with hundreds of wind chimes. Looking from afar, the golden glare of the golden pagoda is hidden in the forest. The breeze blows, and the bells are pleasing to the ear, reflecting the architectural ideas and artistic achievements of the Dai nationality craftsman hundreds of years ago. This pagoda is one of the famous pagodas in Southeast Asia, surrounded by Buddhist temples. Every year, the Water-Sprinkling Festival, it is necessary to hold a three-day grand Buddhist meeting, which is very lively.

How to Get to Jiele Great Golden Pagoda

  • After arriving in Ruili City, it is convenient to take a taxi to get there at the price of 15 Yuan.
  • In urban area of Ruili City, visitors can take No. 5 Bus to get there.

Best Time to Go

It is suitable to visit the Jiele Great Golden Pagoda at any time. Every season, visitors can have different feelings for the different views.

Nearby Attrations

Jiegao Border
“Jiegao” is a Dai Language, meaning “the old town”. It is said that Sinan King of Luchuan built his capital here in the late Yuan Dynasty or the early Ming Dynasty. Thus the town got such a name. During the Anti-Japanese War, Jiegao was a very prosperous town. American planes frequently came here, carrying military supplies. It lies 4 kilometers away from Ruili, and is the only part of Ruili Town on the southeastern bank of the Ruili River, known as “shatoujiao” or “Tianyahaijiao” in the southwest of China.

One-Tree Forest
In fact, One-Tree Forest is a large banyan tree, which has a history of more than 900 years, with 32 earial roots streight pinning into the earth. Banyan is a special and unique landscape in Ruili, it’s everywhere no matter in the vallies or villages or on the sides of the roads. people value banyan as holy tree, so they only plant these trees but don’t cut them. The big Banyan is in the one-tree forest park, and it’s 28 meters, what makes it more precious is that it has been standing there for over 200 years. The tree has many aerial roots hanging down from above, and they are interwined with one another, ending in the root. there are also so many aerial roots hanging down and they took roots in the earth, forming a forest that makes up of pillar-like roots, thus one-tree forest is shaped. It’s a very attractive and magical natural scenery. One-tree Forest has become a scenery that tourist must go, and it’s one of the hottest sceneries in Ruili. 

Zhaduo Waterfall
Moli Waterfall is located in Moli Valley, also called Zhaduo Waterfall, and hides in deep mountains and forest. the clean water falls from 40-meter cliff, it’s like a white silk flying and dancing in the wind, you can hear the falling sound of water far away. There is a small brook flowing under the waterfall. The whole part of the waterfall is the soul of the scenic area, it’s very enjoyable to watch and feel the waterfall in the morning when the sun rises. It’s also very worthy to go there in summer, you can feel splashes from the waterfall and splash on your face, it’s very nice and cool.

Moli Tropical Rainforest
Moli Tropical Rainforest, is known as its tropical rainforest view and Buddhist holy land, the whole scenic area is 1.5 kilometers long. Moli, also known as Zhaduo, refers to a grand waterfall. Moli is known as a natural oxygen bar, which is healthy for people.

Tours Including Jiele Great Golden Pagoda

11 Days Western Yunnan and Myanmar Border Cycling Tour
39 Days Yunnan 25 Ethnic Minorities Discovery and Photography Tour
17 Days Yunnan Ethnic Minorities Festivals Tour around Chinese New Year