Video: Inside Nanjing’s new world wonder
Step into an awe-inspiring multimedia exhibition in Nanjing’s newly built Porcelain Tower.
The 108-metre-high newly built Porcelain Tower is one of Nanjing’s modern landmarks and a beacon of the Bao’en Temple Heritage Park.
There has been a temple here for nearly 1,800 years and during this period it has been destroyed and rebuilt six times. Famous Chinese seafarer Zheng He oversaw construction of the original Ming era Bao’en Temple in 1412 which included the original Porcelain Tower – said to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World.
Excavations in 2008 unearthed a sarira palace for Buddhist holy objects dating back more than one thousand years. These ancient artefacts are preserved on site and the story of Buddhism in Nanjing told with high-tech multimedia technology. One exhibit shows a statue of Xuan Zang, the Tang Dynasty monk famed for his journey to the west (India) to bring back scriptures, kneeling in front of a 3D Buddha’s head made from fibre optic strands. And in the room referred to as Sarira Light there are 42,000 LED lights, which thanks to mirrors, are doubled.
These represent the sarira remains of Buddha and line the ceiling of a room full of Buddha statues. The Porcelain Tower and Bao’en Temple Heritage Park are located on the southern bank of the Yangtze River.
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Text Mark Andrews
Photo and video Tuomas Harjumaaskola