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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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
Quanzhou Wanshou Pagoda, Liusheng Pagoda
Sansa, Buddhist Mountain Monasteries "Beopjusa contains a large multi-story wooden pavilion which is the largest in Korea. Although more common in other parts of East Asia, there are few extant examples of this kind of architecture in Korea." - ICOMOS; "Palsangjeon Pagoda of Beopjusa Temple is the tallest among the pagodas in Korea and only wooden pagoda remaining today, making it an invaluable part of Korean cultural and historical heritage." - Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea
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
Si Thep "Khao Klang Nok ancient monument ... is the largest Dvaravati pagoda in Thailand, square in plan, seventy metres by seventy metres with a large central pagoda on top." (AB ev)
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
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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