Bixi is a stone tortoise, used as a pedestal for a stele or tablet. Tortoise-mounted stelae have been traditionally used in the funerary complexes of Chinese emperors and other dignitaries. Later, they have also been used to commemorate an important event, such as an emperor's visit or the anniversary of World War II victory. Besides China, they can be found in Vietnam, Mongolia, Korea, and even the Russian Far East. (wiki)

Connected Sites

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Gyeongju Many Bixi statues from various Silla Tombs, now mainly kept at Gyeongju National Museum
Hué At the Thien Mu pagoda
Imperial Palace Beijing Imperial Palace
Imperial Tombs Two at Xiaoling Tomb in Nanjing
Kaesong Phyochung Monuments - "The monuments comprise large turtle-shaped granite plinths weighing over ten tons, supporting black marble stelae inscribed with poems commemorating Jong Mong Ju, and topped by pavilion-style hipped-gable caps carved from granite with dragon reliefs." - nomination file
Mount Taishan Dao Miao features Bixis.
Orkhon Valley 4 originally marked boundary of Karakorum, at least 1 or maybe 2 still in place. Symbol of Eternity.
Royal Joseon Tombs Numerous Bigak buildings contain Bixi stone tablets. "Bigak - A building which has a stone monument where the names of the king and the queen are written at the front, while at the back was written the list of the king's accomplishments." wiki (Bixi diagrams are illustrated in the Joseon Royal Tombs Nomination File)
Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple Bulguksa's Bixi carry a drum
Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius Several


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