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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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  • The wooden structure is amazing and not too far from the Hanging Temple. We stopped there on the way to Guangwu Great Wall.Worth a stop!  more »
  • Very old wooden pagoda, made entirely of wood. well preserved n beautiful. Not allowed to climb up due to safety. Good to visit.  more »
  • A nice, historic site but quite a drive from Datong and from Hanging Temple. I went 2 times with guests, but did not on most recent trip because I just felt it did not warrant the time. Go to Huayan T...  more »