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.
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.
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.
Close 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.