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Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda, Datong

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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3.4/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is the oldest all-wood pagoda in China, from 1056, and the highest all-wood pagoda in the world. It’s made of red pines wood and apparently it was made without using nails, screws, or bolts. We w...  read more »
  • ... currently upgraded and you can enter just the 1st level. The Muta is well reachable by car and easy to find.
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  • The Wooden Pagoda is the oldest and highest wooden structure in China but frankly we felt it was lame considering it’s not that tall at 67 meters and the condition of the site look shabby. One cannot ...  read more »