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Hohhot Five-Pagoda Temple (Wuta Si), Hohhot

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The Five Pagoda Temple, also known as the "Precious Pagoda of the Buddhist Relics of the Diamond Throne", is a Buddhist temple in the city of Hohhot in Inner Mongolia in north-west China. It is located in the older part of the city in the vicinity of Qingcheng Park.The construction of the pagoda by the Mongol monk Yangcarci began in 1727 and was completed in 1732.The stupa, which is situated at the northern most part of the temple complex, is surmounted by five pagodas and has 1,563 images of buddhas carved into its walls each one differing slightly from the other. Against the northern wall, outside the stupa, one can find three large stone carvings representing: the wheel of life (left), a representation of the universe according to Buddhist cosmology (middle), and a rare Mongolian cosmological map, which illustrates the zodiac and positions of numerous stars. It is the only such map discovered yet in China from this era.
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  • Interesting tower for a short visit. Do not need to spend a lot of time here as there's nothing much to see except the pagoda.  more »
  • It was just an okay temple, the architecture was okay and the pagoda in the back was a little underwhelming. Not worth paying for a ticket to see.  more »
  • The urban sprawl of Hohhot has few real attractions to offer, so the Five-Pagoda Temple may very well be one of the top attractions inside the city. Having said that, the temple pales in comparison to...  more »

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