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Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), Xi'an

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Listed as a World Heritage Site, Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) represents a well-preserved structure originally built in 652 that serves as an important holy site for Buddhists. Considered a symbol of the ancient city, the building currently stands 64 meters tall (210 ft), but it underwent many restorations throughout history due to numerous earthquakes which repeatedly damaged its foundation and façade. As you approach the pagoda, notice how the brick exterior looks like a square cone. Inside, observe the walls engraved with statues of Buddha as you climb the twisting staircase and take in the panoramic view from the arch-shaped doors on each of the seven storys. If you wish to take a seat on the viewing platform, you'll need to purchase a ticket. By using our Xi'an trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) and other attractions in Xi'an.
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  • The pagoda in Dayanta is worth a visit and is surrounded by a pedestrain area with musical fountains. Close by is the Joy City mall which ahs a wide range of shops including Hollister's and... 
    The pagoda in Dayanta is worth a visit and is surrounded by a pedestrain area with musical fountains. Close by is the Joy City mall which ahs a wide range of shops including Hollister's and...  more »
  • The pagoda itself is currently covered in scaffolding and tarpaulins so can't be seen - disappointing - BUT the area surrounding it is lovely to have a stroll around. The grandure of the pagoda is... 
    The pagoda itself is currently covered in scaffolding and tarpaulins so can't be seen - disappointing - BUT the area surrounding it is lovely to have a stroll around. The grandure of the pagoda is...  more »
  • I thought this was a great place, and a must in xian. you can climb to the top and see datang street from its highest point. it does cost extra to make the climb. great place for pictures as well. 
    I thought this was a great place, and a must in xian. you can climb to the top and see datang street from its highest point. it does cost extra to make the climb. great place for pictures as well.  more »
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  • If you visit Xi'an, this is one of the places you should visit to see the ancient Indian civilization there. The Royal Buddhism temple of Xi'an. The pagoda itself was built in Tang dynasty and survived from earthquakes as you can see it tilts towards west. Don't forget also the bronze statue of Xuanzang 玄奘, the main character in the 16th century classic novel "Journey to the West. There are real toilets in some of the bathrooms. At night there is a spectacular light/water show. and the whole area is amazing Street vendors, food, artists, acrobats and people, people, people. The whole area surrounding this place is very active.
  • Very amazing. The history takes you back to India, and even across Central Asia and South East Asia, which were a part of the journey as well. The greatness of the story, and the passion of the man increases the beauty of the place. From the windows of the pagoda, you can also a get a nice, panoramic view of the city.
  • There is an amazing history here. Amazing and beautiful architecture. It is very solemn and serene here. This is the repository of important Budhist texts brought back from India by the monk that inspired the book "Journey to the West" There are real toilets in some of the bathrooms. At night there is a spectacular light/water show. This is a whir of activity. Street vendors, food, artists, acrobats and people, people, people. The whole area surrounding this place is very active. It is amazing being at enormous cities like this at night and not being afraid.
  • Within walking distance from the Shaanxi History Museum, another major attraction awaits visitors to Xi'an. The musical fountain will provide some thrilling entertainment if you approach the site from the right direction and time. Stay long enough to enjoy the sight when the pagoda is lighted up. Don't forget also the bronze statue of Xuanzang 玄奘, the main character in the 16th century classic novel "Journey to the West. He's the "real McCoy" and of course don't start looking for the fictitious Monkey King statue. 😄😉
  • This is a really cool piece of history. Inside, there are exhibits and bells that display the historical significance of this place. Make sure to get there with plenty of time to spare, as we were about an hour from closing and they had started to close the gates. Note: Visited prior to COVID, so things may be different.

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