High atop Mount Penn, the Reading Pagoda overlooks Reading from the East. Originally built in 1908 to be a luxury hotel, the Pagoda was never granted a liquor license it needed to attract customers, and ended up being sold to the City of Reading. Now it serves as a tourist attraction (even has a gift shop) — oh, and as a backdrop for scenes in The Last Airbender.

Driving up from Reading, The road up to the Pagoda is steep, through neighborhoods where houses are stacked side-by-side. At the top, Skyline Drive runs next to the Pagoda and along the ridge for several miles, providing great views of the Lehigh Valley.

And just for the heck of it, here is a poster from The Last Airbender that features the Pagoda (click to enlarge):

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