Big Wild Goose Pagoda (大雁塔), Xi’an

Giant Wild Goose Pagoda or Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dàyàn Tǎ), is a  Buddhist pagoda situated in the Great Ci’en temple to the south of the Xi’an. It was built in the third year of Yonghui Reign of Emperor Gaozong of the  Tang dynasty (A.D. 652) and served as the place for the Monk Xuan zang to translate Buddhist scriptures.mg_2340

The original pagoda had only five storeys and was rebuilt during Changan reign of Empress Wu zetian. The present Dayan Pagoda has 7storeys and is 64.5metres high in the shape of a square pyramid.

Closeup view of eaves and the bricks

Closeup view of eaves and the bricks

One of the pagoda’s many functions was to hold Sutras  and figurines  of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveler Xuanzhang.

The entire structure leans very perceptibly (several degrees) to the west. The pagoda currently stands at a height of 64 m (210 ft) tall and from the top it offers views over the current city of Xi’an.

IMG_2437

Taken from the top of the Pagoda

_MG_2453Close by the pagoda is the Temple of Great Maternal Grace; Da Ci’en. This temple was originally built in 589 and then rebuilt 647 in memory of his mother Empress Wende by Li Zhi who later became the Tang Emperor Gaozong.

IMG_2375

Da Ci’en Temple

I was there on 23rd April with My friends Swetha, Goutham, Piyush & Teena

I was there with My friends Swetha, Goutham, Piyush & Teena on 23rd April

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Big Wild Goose Pagoda (大雁塔), Xi’an

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s