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Great Wild Goose Pagoda

Great Wild Goose Pagoda, also known as “Pagoda in Ci’en Temple”, is located in Giant Ci’en Temple. Tang Yonghui three years (AD 652), Master Xuan Zang presided over the construction of Great Wild Goose Pagoda, to preserve Buddhist texts and figures of Buddha brought to Chang’an from India via the Silk Road. Initially the pagoda had five floors, and then its floors were added to nine. Later, there were several changes in its floors and height. Finally, it had 7 floors, as we can see nowadays. It is 64.517 meters in height, with the length of side of ground floor being 25.5 meters.

It is the existing earliest and largest pagoda of the Tang Dynasty, with a structure of square pavilion brick tower. It has an architectural form of Buddhist temple introduced to Central China from ancient India as well as blends Huaxia culture. Condensing the wisdom of laboring people of the Han nationality, it has become a landmark building.

The State Council included Great Wild Goose Pagoda into the list of “The First Key Cultural Relics Site under the State Protection” in 1961. Great Wild Goose Pagoda, as one site of “The Silk Road: Chang’an-Mount Tianshan Corridors’ Road Network” jointly applied by China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, was included into the “World Heritage List” in 2014.

Location: Giant Ci’en Temple, Yanta District, Xi’an, Shaanxi

Opening Hours: 08:00—17:30


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