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  Wooden Pagoda Temple


Brief / profile
The Wooden Pagoda Temple is considered as one of Zhangye’s “Five Elements” Pagodas. (The five elements include metal, wood, water, fire and earth in the ancient Chinese philosophy.)

Location

This temple is situated in the south street of Zhangye County Government in Zhangye, Gansu Province.

Construction

It’s a 9-story building and 32.8 meters tall. The body is made of wood with pavilion-styled eaves. There’s a unique octagon structure in each tier and 8 dragonhead woodcarvings in each angle. Entering the temple, you will find that each floor owns cloisters, doors and lintels. There’s a feature distinct from other pagodas: you can find no nail or rivet in the whole building. At the rear of the pagoda, there’s a 2-story building named Scripture Pavilion which is 27.4 meters. Mounting to the top, you can have an overall view of the surrounding cities. At present, Zhangye Folk Customs Museum stands in the Wooden Pagoda Temple making it a much more complete building complex.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History
It was constructed in early 557-588 A.D. of the Northern Zhou Dynasty and experienced restoration for several times during Sui, Tang, Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Admission fee.
Visitors need to pay RMB 50 for this attraction.
Note
It’s open to the public from 8:00 to 17:30 and we advise you to tour here for 40 minutes.

 

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