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Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda, Datong

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#4 of 8 in Historic Sites in Datong
Known as the world's first pagoda and the highest and oldest wooden structure in country, Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda enraptures visitors with its ornate woodwork featuring a nail-free construction. When viewed from the outside, the pagoda appears to have five stories, but it actually contains nine--four remain hidden inside. Admire the rustic octagonal construction with 54 different types of brackets jointed only by mortises and tenons form the wooden masterpiece. Explore the interior decorated with colorful frescoes and statues of Buddha in different poses. The golden Buddha in the first floor stretches 11 m (36 ft) in height. Arrange your visit to Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda and discover more family-friendly attractions in Datong using our Datong travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The largest pagoda in China built more than 1000 years ago, wood is located at about 1: 00 Datong on the way to Pingyao. If you're in the area it deserves a detour.
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  • July 23, 2017
    The tallest wooden pagoda still standing in China. It is proposed to be put on the UNESCO world heritage list and it deserves it. This would enable proper restoration and urban planning of the surroun...  more »
  • July 14, 2017
    This pagoda was not in our edition of the Lonely Planet, so it was a bonus for us that was included in the tour. The pagoda is very old and the largest wooden pagoda in the world. It was build without...  more »

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