Before the days of radio broadcasting, the Pagoda was used as a signal device to the people of Reading. Morse Code, using a white light as a dash and a red light as a dot, was used to direct firemen, promote fundraising campaigns, and even to give the results of sporting events. Today, the pagoda serves as a wonderful, historical landmark of Reading. The Reading Pagoda is the only pagoda in the world with a fireplace and a chimney.
Visitors to the pagoda may climb to the top floor for $1 donation, which is strictly used to help preserve the pagoda. Have a bite to eat at the Pagoda café, which offers local Reading Draft sodas, Berks hot dogs, snacks, and sweets. Sit inside or stand outside on the portico and take in the best view of the entire area. Be sure to check out the gift shop, where you can buy beautiful authentic Chinese kites.
The Pagoda of Reading, anchored to the mountainside with sixteen tons of bolts, contains eighty seven steps to reach the top. When you visit, make sure to climb the seven stories to the top. Standing 620 feet above the city of Reading, the views are spectacular, the very best at dusk when the lights of the city began to twinkle. If you happen to be in town on Christmas Eve, take note that the pagoda lights will flash at 9pm to let the children of Reading know that Santa is on his way!
Hours of Operation
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Thursday: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Friday – Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm