Mengle Cultural Garden is 4 km east of Jinghong, capital city of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture. Its major draws are Mengle Museum and the Former Site and Ruins of the Dai King’s Palace. Mengle Museum exhibits more than 1,000 pieces of historical and cultural relics that perfectly reflect Xisuangbanna’s history. The highlights of them are official seals of chieftains or headmen, silver crafts of the Dai royal family, delicate Dai ethnic brocades, religious instruments, farming tools, household utensils and musical instruments etc.
Tazhuangmu Pagoda, Tazhuangdong Pagoda and Shengquan (Holy Fountain), as parts of the Dai King’s Palace, are famous not only among the local Dais, but also in the South and Southeast Asia. Tazhuangmu Pagoda and Tazhuangdong Pagoda used to be two of “the nine pagodas” in Jinghong Basin. Originally constructed in 388 A.D, Tazhuangmu Pagoda used to the top of “the nine pagodas”. Each year, numerous Buddhists from Xishuangbanna, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar travel long here for pilgrimages.
Mengle Cultural Garden used to be a vital part of the Dai King’s Palace in the history of Xishuangbanna. In 1160, shortly after establishing Jinglong (Jinghong) Kingdom, Paya, the Headman of Dais, shifted the capital here and asked to build the palace complex. Though time has flied by over 7 or 8 centuries, some walls and brick pedestals have survived with delicate carvings of blooming lotus flowers and vivid clouds. The diameter of the pedestal is more than 80 centimeters, by which we can imagine the magnificence of the former Palace.
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