Site: Drum and Bell Towers of China (serial)Country: ChinaTWHS: NoDescription: Bell and Drum Towers are visibly prominent constructions and are symbol of cities and towns. At one period of history, they are time telling centers that govern daily going-ons of life. Most Chinese cities/towns have in one way or another drum and bell towers. This can be a collection of the most prominent examples architecturally or historically significant.Comparative Analysis: Belfries of Belgium and France. Category: Cultural
This is an very interesting proposal, since actually the drum and bell towers were not uncommon in many East and mainland SE Asian cities, from Beijing to Bangkok, both towers were used to tell time and acted as tools to announce something, fire, riot, war etc. In my language we still informally use the sound of bell to tell time in daylight and sound of drum to indicate nighttime.
In big East Asia cities especially in China, the grand towers are located in city center like in Beijing, Pingyao or Xian. Also some can be find to be built in the government complex like in Japan or lesser cities of China and Vietnam. But in other Asian countries, such towers are located in temples, each Buddhist temples in Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Japan and Korea have bell and drum towers which are still the center of community to tell time.
So we have to 3 set of drum and bell towers to represent this culture:
1. Bell and drum towers built by state, located in city center solely use to tell time and city announcement.
2. Bell and drum towers built in cities' main temples and maybe or maybe not supported by state, use to tell time and announcement as well as religious ceremony.
3. Bell and drum tower built in government complex, solely use to tell time and city or government announcement.
In Bangkok, there even has a shrine worship God of drum tower in old city, a very interesting Hindu-Buddhist-animistic practice.