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Pagoda

A religious building of the Far East, especially a multistory Buddhist tower, erected as a memorial or shrine. Pagodas included are remarkable because of age, height, design or historical importance.

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Connected Sites

  • Ancient Kyoto: Toji - Highest wooden pagoda in Japan
  • Ancient Nara: Kofukuji - Second highest pagoda in Japan, Yakushiji is well known for its Frozen Music Pagoda
  • Baekje Historic Areas: Mireuksa jiseoktap (National Treasure 11), built in 639 AD is the largest (and oldest) stone pagoda in Korea. “The Stone Pagoda at the Mireuksa Temple Site was the prototype of Korean stone pagodas and the first structure built with granite – which is hard to work with, but exceptionally durable – to express the architectural style of wooden pagodas built with materials that were easy to process. The construction of this stone pagoda laid the foundation for Baekje’s transformation into “the nation of stone pagodas.” - Nomination File
  • Dengfeng: Songyue Pagoda (brick) - twelve stories (40 meters); Northern Wei Dynasty *Pagoda Forest - 241 pagodas (brick, stone) - ten stories and below; Tang to Qing Dynasty
  • Gyeongju: Bunhwangsa Pagoda (stone-brick)
  • Haeinsa Temple: Janggyeong Panjeon, the Depositories of the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks (Jeongjungtap) "Three-story pagoda of the Silla period(57 B.C.-A.D. 935) believed to have been built in the ninth century. About 6m tall, it is one of the largest extant pagodas of the period." - Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea (CHA)
  • Horyu-ji Area: Gojunoto Pagoda (wood) - five stories (32.45 meters); Asuka period
  • Hué: Thien Mu Pagoda (brick) - seven stories (21 meters); Nguyen Dynasty
  • Itsukushima Shrine: Goju-no-to Pagoda
  • Kathmandu Valley: Nyatapola Pagoda (Bhaktapur) - (brick, wood) - five stories (30 meters); Malla Dynasty
  • Kii Mountain Range: Koyasan - Konpon Daito, the main pagoda of the area
  • Lushan National Park: Construction of the seven-storey brick West Grove Pagoda began around AD 730, during the Jin Dynasty.- AB Document
  • Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha: The Lingbao (or Lingyin) Pagoda on the Lingbao Peak dates from the 9th centurv. lt is built in brick and rises to 38 meters, with thirteen stories. - AB Document
  • Mount Wutai: Zushi Pagoda (stone) - three story (6 meters); Northern Wei Dynasty
  • Mountain Resort, Chengde: A 70 m tall stone Chinese pagoda, one of the tallest in China, built in the year 1751 during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor
  • Nikko: five story pagoda at Toshogu Shrine entrance
  • Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple: Seokgatap Pagoda (stone) - three stories (8.2 meters); Silla Dynasty *Dabotap Pagoda (stone) - three stories (10.4 meters); Silla Dynast
  • Sun Temple, Konarak: Also known as Black Pagoda: the temple was used as a navigational point by European sailors. They referred to it as the 'Black Pagoda' due to its dark colour and its magnetic power that drew ships into the shore and caused shipwrecks Link
  • Trang An: Nhat Tru Pagoda with its Buddhist scriptures carved on the temple's stone pillars in the 10th century (AB ev)
  • West Lake: Baochu Pagoda (brick, stone) - seven stories (45 meters); Song Dynasty *Liuhe Pagoda (wood, brick) - thirteen stories (59.89 meters); Song Dynasty
  • Yungang Grottoes: Stone carving pagodas in caves 1 and 21

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