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Brief Information on Wooden Pagoda
Source:www.chinatouronline.com 2011-07-29 12:11:38

 应县木塔

the Wooden Pagoda

Standing 65.86 meters high, the Wooden Pagoda is not only the tallest but also the oldest wooden pagoda in China today. Compared with the renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, the Wooden Pagoda in Yingxian County is 115 years older and 11.36 meters taller. In the 1950s, this pagoda became a cultural heritage and received a first-class protection.

The Wooden Pagoda with its unique architectural, religious and historical values is located at the Fogong (Buddha’s Palace) Temple in Shanxi’s Yingxian County, 380 kilometers (236 miles) southwest of Beijing.

It was built in 1056 during Liao Dynasty, which ruled North China from 916 to 1125. It is the 953rd anniversary of the pagoda on Sept. 5, 2010.

The Wooden Pagoda was made entirely of wooden parts joined by innumerable mortises and tenons in a complicated structure of brackets, without using any nails. It measures 67.31 meters in height similar to the height of a 20-storied building and 30.27 meters in diameter at the base.

It is an octagonal structure of nine stories, with five stories visible from outside and four hidden inside. The Buddhist statues in all stories and paintings on the inner walls of the first storey are the works of the Liao Dynasty.

During a renovation of the pagoda in 1974, a number of sutras were found of which some were hand-written and others block printed. They provided with important materials to study the religion and printing technology of the Liao Dynasty as well as the political, economic and cultural developments of that period.

Although the pagoda faced numerous tests in the centuries before including earthquakes, storms, lightening strikes and wars, it still survives.

Chinese Pinyin: Mu Ta
 

Opening Times: 7:00-19:00
 

Ticket Price: CNY 60
 

Address: Fogong Temple, Yingxian County
 

How to Get to: Take coach from Datong Railway Station.
 

Phone: 0349-5035244

Editor:Hao Junwen
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Your Plan
Day 01 Our guide will wait for you outside the baggage claim area at Taiyuan Airport ahead of your arrival. Then a comfortable private car will take you to Pingyao. On the way, you will visit the Qiao's Compound
Day 1: Beijing to Datong - Overnight Train Greet meeting at your hotel at night, and transfer to the Beijing Railway Station, take the overnight train K608 (23:36 - 06:21) or 2603 (23:47-07:01) from Beijing to Datong.
Attractions
Also known as Yongzuo Temple, Twin Pagoda Temple, situated at the foot of a hill of southeastern Taiyuan, was built by an eminent monk called Fudeng by the order of the emperor in 1608 viz. the 36th year under Emperor Wanli’s reign.
Standing 65.86 meters high, the Wooden Pagoda is not only the tallest but also the oldest wooden pagoda in China today. Compared with the renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, the Wooden Pagoda in Yingxian County
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