Big Wild Goose Pagoda—Xi’an

 Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Photo 1:Inscribed on the World Heritage List , Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a Well-preserved Ancient Building and a Holy Place for Buddhists

Da Ci'en Temple

Photo 2:  Da Ci’en Temple,  Xi’an

        The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, also known as the Da Ci’en Temple Tower, is located in the Da Ci’en Temple in the southern suburbs of Xi’an. According to legend, the first Buddhist Abbot of Da Ci’en Temple, Master Xuan Zang (Tang Sanzang), who returned from the Tianzhu Kingdom, personally designed and supervised the construction for the worship and storage of Sanskrit classics and Buddha statues and Buddhist relics.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Photo 3: Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Landmark Building in Xi’an, is a Masterpiece of Buddhist Architecture of the Tang Dynasty in China

        The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was first built in the third year of Yonghui, Tang Dynasty (AD 652). It was originally a five-storey solid tower, brick-faced with earth core. The seven-story pavilion-style brick tower was rebuilt during Wu Zetian Chang’an Period (AD 701-704).

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Photo 4:  The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Tower Body was Built with Blue Brick, Rubbed Bricks with Tight Joints. The Prism is Displayed on the Brick Wall. Open Rooms can be Clearly Separated by the Wall. It is a Unique Traditional Architectural Style in China.

        The body of Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a square pyramid with a height of 64.5 meters, it is a seven-story tower. Open rooms are formed by a wood-like structure. It is descended proportionally from the bottom to the top. There are spiral wooden ladders in the tower. There is an arch doorway on the four sides of each floor, from which you can lean on a railing and overlook the ancient city of Xi’an. The whole building is magnificent, the style is solemn with primitive simplicity, the shape is simple and steady, and the proportion is moderately coordinated. It is a masterpiece of architectural art in the Tang Dynasty.

North Square, Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Photo 5: the North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda

        The north of Big Wild Goose Pagoda is the North Square, and the south is the South Square, the west side is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Cultural and Leisure Scenic Area, and the east is the Da Ci’en Temple Heritage Park of the Tang Dynasty. The North and South Squares are full of huge imitation Tang-Dynastic architectures.

Music-Light Fountain, Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Photo 6: Music-Light Fountain in the North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda, is Known as the Largest Musical Fountain in Asia.

        The North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda, with Yanta Road and the north outer wall of Da Ci’en Temple at its north and south ends respectively, east to the Square East Road, and west to the Square West Road. It is 480 meters wide from east to west and 350 meters long from north to south, covering an area of 252 acres and the construction area is about 110,000 square meters. The entire square consists of waterscape fountains, cultural squares, garden landscapes, cultural corridors and tourist commercial facilities. There are Xuanzang Statue and the Great Tang All Day Mall in the South Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Xi’an Concert Hall, Xi’an Art Museum and many hotels are gathered here.

 

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