Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

Giant wild goose pagoda

The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda is a Buddhist Pagoda located in southern XI’AN , Shaanxi  Province, China.

It was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty and originally had 5 storeys, although the structure was rebuilt in 704 during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian and its exterior brick façade was renovated during the Ming Dynasty.  One of the Pagoda’s many functions was to hold SUTRAS & FIGURINES of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveller XUANZANG.

Giant wild goos pagoda China

The original Pagoda stood at a height of 177ft.  However, this construction of “rammed earth” with a stone exterior eventually collapsed five decades later.  The ruling Empress Wu Zetian had the Pagoda rebuilt and added 5 new storeys by the year 704.  However, a massive earthquake in 1556 heavily damaged the Pagoda and reduced by 3 storeys, to its current height of 7 storeys.

Wild goose pagoda inside

The entire structure leans very perceptibly (several degrees) to the west.  Its related structure, the 8th century SMALL WILD GOOSE PAGODA in XI’AN, only suffered minor damage in the 1556 earthquake (still unrepaired to this day).  The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda was extensively repaired during the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) and renovated again in 1964.  The Pagoda currently stands at a height of 210ft tall and from the top it offers views over the current city of XI’AN.

Wild goose pagoda


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