Originally built in 1973, with the hope of promoting World Peace and sharing knowledge, the Pagoda was actually shut down in 1974. Tensions from the neighboring Hindu temple cause the government to close it. Not very peaceful at all! However, after years of lobbying by the community and donations to rebuild, the government reversed their decision in 1992 and the current version of the Pagoda was built.
Four statues of Buddha line the top tier of the Pagoda, each donated by a different country; Japan, Shri Lanka, Thailand, and Nepal. Each statue is beautiful and highly detailed.
The Pagoda is located on a high hill overlooking the city of Pokhara and the Phewa Lake.The Pagoda itself is such a gleaming white that in the bright sunlight I couldn’t look directly at it. It sits like a jewel against the backdrop of green and blue behind it. The day that we visited, several men were precariously clinging to a rickety rope ladder, painting and cleaning the top levels.
It’s worth the hike up to see it, and the stunning views that come with it.