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