Peace Pagoda Birmingham - Culture, history and faith

The Dhamma Talaka Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist temple in Ladywood close to Edgbaston Reservoir and the Icknield Port Loop, run by the Birmingham Buddhist Vihara Trust.


Where is the Peace Pagoda?

The Dhamma Talaka Peace Pagoda is at 29-31 Osler Street, Ladywood, Birmingham, B16 9EU

 

In brief

Located in Ladywood, close to Edgbaston Reservoir is this Buddhist monastery. It opened in 1998 and is the only traditional Burmese style building in the Western hemisphere.

Peace PagodaPeace Pagoda from Edgbaston Reservoir (February 2014). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Dhamma Talaka Peace Pagoda - history

The Dhamma Talaka Pagoda was planned by Aggamahapandita Rewata Dhamma, to enshrine the Buddha relics of the former Buddhist royal family. Share with visiting monks by the exiled former king Thibaw Min of Burma, the relics passed into the hands of Dr Rewata Dhamma by 1964. The pagoda's name means the 'Reservoir of Teaching' and refers to it being behind Edgbaston Reservoir in Birmingham. The site was dedicated in 1990, and the pagoda was officially opened in an international ceremony in 1998.

The Sangharama Monastery was built in the same grounds in 2002, and the Rewata Dhamma teaching hall opened in 2007.

The base and the walls of the pagoda are octagonal. The interior is a gold painted shrine with a large marble statue of the Buddha in meditation posture. There is 28 Buddha's created on site by a Burmese workman and mounted in the inner dome.

The main relics are housed immediately above the dome, including a chunk of the Berlin Wall, which was collected when it was dismantled in 1989.

The pagoda is administered by the Birmingham Buddhist Vihara Trust, which was set up in 1982.

Peace PagodaPeace Pagoda from the Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham (April 2016). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Contact details

Dhamma Talaka Peace Pagoda

29-31 Osler Street

Ladywood

Birmingham

B16 9EU

0121 454 6591

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Project dates

24 May 2021 - On-going

Passions

History & heritage, People & community, Modern Architecture
Faith

Contact

Your Place Your Space

Jonathan Bostock

0121 410 5520
jonathan.bostock@ yourplaceyourspace.com