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Peace Pagoda

Peace Pagoda or Japanese Peace Pagoda, whatever you wish to call it, is a beautiful place in Darjeeling for Buddha followers. The aim to build Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling was to develop peace and harmony among people of different sects of society. It is located on the slopes of Jalapahar Hills and offers stunning views of the snow-covered peaks like Kanchenjunga. Thus, it is also an ideal place for nature and peace lovers. 

A Buddhist monk from Japan named Nichidatsu Fujii laid the foundation of this Peace Pagoda on 3 November 1972. And on 1 November 1992, it was opened to the public. On your visit, you will see four avatars of Buddha, which includes Maitreya Buddha who was built to gather people belonging to different castes who were in search of peace. 

What to Know Before You Go Japanese Peace Pagoda in Darjeeling

Peace Pagoda Architecture

M. Ohka was the designer of this architectural marvel and surprisingly it took nearly 3 years to complete the construction. You can see the four avatars in Peace Pagoda, out of which one is the tallest freestanding structure in Darjeeling. Its height is 28.5 meters and its diameter is 23 meters. At the entrance, there are also two concrete lions on both sides of the stairs.

The statues of Buddha are carved on the walls with postures of sitting, standing, sleeping, and meditating. And all are covered with gold polish. Not just this, there is also stunning artwork showcasing the life of Buddha and his relics are on sandstones. 

Mythological depictions can also be seen at Peace Pagoda Darjeeling like ‘Gift of Mango Grove by Amrapali at Vaishali’ and ‘Great departure of Siddhartha’.  

If you visit the top of the pagoda, you will see amazing views of the Japanese Temple, which is located nearby along with pine trees and snow-covered peaks.

Peace Pagoda Darjeeling Timings 

  • Opening Hours - 4:30 am to 7:00 pm, daily.
  • Prayer Timings - 4:30 am to 6:00 am, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Entry Fees

There are no entry charges.

Best Time to Visit Peace Pagoda

You can visit the Japanese Peace Pagoda any time of the year.

How to Reach Peace Pagoda Darjeeling 

The Japanese Buddhist Temple in Darjeeling is situated on the Jalapahar Hills. You can take a cab to this place from the town center, which will only take about 10 minutes. Earlier cars were allowed to enter the main gate but now you have to park the vehicle (if your own) and walk for 5 to 6 minutes from the main gate that goes from downhill to uphill to reach the pagoda.

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