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Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda

Address: 76km (47 miles) south of Datong, Datong, China
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Ranked #5 of 60 things to do in Datong
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural buildings, Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Architectural buildings, Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Santiago, Chile
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

It is a nice Pagoda, but don't pay. You can have a good look from the outside and take some pictures. The entrance is really expensive, 60 rmb, and you can't climb the pagoda: you got almost the same view from outside.

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Tehran, Iran
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Tall pagoda is very interesting in a calm place,absolutely deserve a short visit,there is a small museum nearby with a holy tooth!

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Beijing
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28 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Pretty great sight here, combined it with the hanging temple and made for a great day. Shame you cannot go up to higher levels but it's a huge structure and great to see it. We looked around the surrounding area and there isn't much else around but I enjoy that, we took to the local streets for 30 minutes and... More 

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London
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11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Swarms of birds flying around (I think eating mites out of the wood) created a great atmosphere here. The age of the temple is amazing, as with all other structures the belief not to clean / dust the buddhas seems a shame as it is / has caused a lot of damage. Much quieter than other temples I visited in... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I wasn't expecting to be blown away by a wooden pagoda but when you see it with all the birds flying around it is almost like being in the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds. It is a fascinating piece of architecture and the surrounding streets are also really interesting if my daughter hadn't been so tired as we were there... More 

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Beijing
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is an interesting ancient structure but fell short of expectation. The entire area surrounding this site is rather commercialized. The wooden pagoda is quite dilapidated with the second floor already sealed off to tourists due to damage to the woodwork. There was an interesting basement mostly gold in color housing hundreds (maybe a thousand) Buddha statues or images surrounding... More 

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Bristol
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The pagoda is very interesting, although we felt a shame that we couldn't actually go any higher than the ground floor

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I read somethings about it and at first it didn't interest me. but I decided to come because the group that I am travelling with wanted to see. and it turned out to be fun. the wooden pagoda itself is amazing, a complete ancient structure of wooden building. they do make sure that there can never be any fire or... More 

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Pingyao County, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Really cool pagoda, for sure. but the town feels like in the John Wayne movies, kinda cool in a way, really. worth a visit, better do it on the way to the hanging temple

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This UNESCO site (better known as 'Muta' or 'the Timber Pagoda') is the oldest and tallest surviving wooden structure in China. When I visited it years ago, you could climb the stairs. That is no longer possible; now you can only walk around the ground floor level. Photography is forbidden unless you bribe the man who runs up to stop... More 

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