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Wengchang Pavilion

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update: 2011-07-04

Wengchang Pavilion
Wenchang Pavilion
Wenchang Pavilion, located to the east of Chaoyang Road, Duanzhou district, has also been known as Kuixing Pavilion or Kuiguang Pavilion. The exact year of its original construction is unknown; however, it was rebuilt in the 24th year of Emperor Qianlong’s reign in the Qing Dynasty (1759) and was repaired in the 7th year of Emperor Jiaqing’s reign (1802), when some houses were also built and its present name, “Wenchang Pavilion”, given. It was repaired many times during the reigns of emperors Daoguang, Xianfeng and Tongzhi.

With three stories reaching 15m in height, the pavilion is in the shape of a hexagon and constructed from brick and wood. There are tiles and eaves on each story. It narrows from bottom to top. It has a yellow glazed ceramic gourd-shaped tower.

On the first story, a door in the south is opened, and a white marble stone board saying Wenchang Pavilion is hung above the door. The wall is 4.6m high and rectangular windows are opened in both the southeast and southwest.

On the second story, the wall is 4.03m high and there is an arched window in the south and a rectangular window in both the southeast and southwest.

On the third story, the wall is 3.74m high, and there is a round window in the south and a Kui Guang white marble board is inlaid in the window, and a rectangular window is opened in the southeast, the southwest, the northwest and the northeast.

The whole building looks like an upright brush pen. In 1984, it was declared a cultural heritage building, under the protection of Zhaoqing city.

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