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A visit to world's largest and oldest Buddhist pagoda

People's Daily Online)  08:23, September 21, 2012

Photo shows the view of the Yingxian Wooden Pagoda in Yingxian, Suzhou City, north China's Shanxi Province. (chinapic.people.com.cn)

Edited and translated by Ye Xin, People's Daily Online

Yingxian Wooden Pagoda is regarded as one of the three world-famous pagodas, together with the Eiffel Tower in France and Pisa Leaning Tower in Italy. Located in Yingxian, Suzhou City, north China's Shanxi Province, the pagoda is the largest and oldest Buddhist pagoda in China totally built with wood.

It is also named Sakyamuni Pagoda of Fogong Temple.

The pagoda, built in 1056 during the Liao Dynasty, has a history of over 1,000 years. It is built on a four-meter-high groundwork with a total height of 67.31 meters, and a diameter of 30.27 meters at the bottom. It has five floors and six eaves if you look it from outside, In fact, every floor has inner layer, so, it has five floors outside and four floors inside, nine floors in total.

The pagoda's multi-storey structure has given it the kind of stability resembling those in modern buildings. It wood texture is very soft, which won't easily twist under outside pressure. The many layers also reinforce the pagoda.

Yingxian Wooden Pagoda occupies special position in architecture scale and art among the ancient pagodas today in China.

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(Editor:叶欣、姚春)

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