The London Peace Pagoda has been a landmark along the Thames for over 30 years.
At a time when the cold war and the fear of nuclear attack appeared to be escalating the offer of a Peace Pagoda to promote world peace and harmony certainly seemed appropriate.
It was offered to the people of London by the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order as part of the 1984 Greater London Council (GLC) Peace Year. The pagoda in Battersea was built by monks, nuns and followers of Nipponzan Myōhōji at the behest of The Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii (1885–1985), founder of the organisation.
The London Peace Pagoda (Battersea Park) is located between Chelsea Bridge and Albert Bridge. I include this as one of the best places to photograph London for a number of reasons. Both Chelsea Bridge and Albert Bridge are incredible architectural structures and worthy of photography. Additionally, if you spend time on and around Chelsea Bridge, you’ll have marvellous views of Battersea Power Station. Lastly, a walk along Chelsea Embankment and the River Thames allows you to enjoy a less hectic Central London. I’m often in this area at night and always feel as if I have London all to myself; there are no people around, and explore at my leisure.
:: The second floor of the pagoda is an area forbidden to the public.:: The Duke of Edinburgh met Reverend Nagase in 2004 when Battersea Park re-opened after a £11m makeover.
:: The Most Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii met with Mahatma Gandhi in 1933 and greatly inspired each other.
:: In 1947, he began constructing Peace Pagodas as shrines to World Peace.
:: A Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa, stupa meaning ‘heap’ in Indian, which contains Buddha’s relics, the shape being that of Buddha’s folded robes as a base upon which his upturned begging bowl and stick have been placed.
:: Buddhism is the label given to the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha who was born as Siddhartha Gautama and who lived in or around the fifth century BCE in the northeastern region of ancient India.
:: The London Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park is one of 2 in the UK, the other being at Milton Keynes.
:: Permission to build it was the last legislative act of the Greater London Council.
:: Battersea Park is a large (83 hectares/200 acres) Victorian park that formally opened in 1858.
Where is Battersea Park Peace Pagoda? How do I get to Battersea Park Peace Pagoda?
Battersea Park Peace Pagoda GPS Coordinates :: 51.4820173, -0.1612148
MAP SHOWING THE LOCATION OF THE LONDON PEACE PAGODA