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Big Wild Goose Pagoda: Wonderful Temple



Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the most prominent Buddhist pagodas in China. It is located in the Da Ci’en Temple about 4 kilometers away the urban center. It was built in the year 589 A.D during the Sui dynasty. In its beginnings, the temple was known as Wu Lou Si until the year 648 A.D. during the administration of the emperor Li Zhi.

Originally, the temple had 13 separated courtyards which had 1,879 rooms. Nevertheless it begun to decay after the downfall of the Tang dynasty; the rooms that are alive yet were built during the Ming dynasty. About the pagoda, it was ended in the year 652 A.D., and today, it is a 64 meter high building.

It was constructed with layers of bricks without cement in between. The seams among every layer of brick are easily visible on every side of this wonderful pagoda. Big Wild Goose Pagoda is decorated with pictures of Buddha and the Heavenly King on the four sides of its base, painted during the Tang dynasty.

In the place where the pagoda is located, there are two small structures. The first is located on the east side, and it has a bell. The second one, on the west side, has a drum. Those things were used by the monks. This amazing place is just one example of the beautiful Chinese architecture and its old history.

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