Dragonless Pagoda

a1_20160624_20160624_London_12609213_4000 x 6000-2

Kew Garden’s ten-storey, 163 ft tall, Pagoda was constructed in 1762, at the time when Chinoiserie was all the rage. It was a bright, colourful building with varnished iron plates on the roofs, and 80 gold covered dragons, one at each corner.

The dragons were removed during repair work in 1784 and their fate is unclear; whether they rotted or were sold or stolen is a matter of dispute, but they certainly never returned.

The pagoda is a popular sight in Kew, visible from many points in the garden and a very striking structure.  Once you get close, however, it is not so impressive, with worn areas and peeling paint definitely calling for attention.  In fact, a 2 year renovation programme is planned to start this year, and the bright colours and golden dragons will make their reappearance.


aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 1 July 2016



Part of Skywatch Friday


9 thoughts on “Dragonless Pagoda

Over to you to join in the conversation:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.