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Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda, Datong

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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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  • They say it is one of the worlds 3 only pagoda, along with the Eiffel Tower and leaning tower of Pisa? I didn't know the Eiffel Tower was one. It contains a lot of ancient history that you may not kno...  more »
  • It may be one of the oldest wooden structures on the planet, but the pagoda is in dire need of some TLC right now. The area is not really geared up for visitors and seems to be under renovation, but I...  more »
  • Although my guide did not speak English, through her smartphone she was able to convey that no nails were used in the construction of this tower!  more »