We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 76km (47 miles) south of Datong, Datong, China

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 78 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 24
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Datong Wooden Pagoda

Very Interesting! One of the highlights of our 2 day tour in Datong. You will need a guide to give you information about the history of the attraction in relation to the town and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
Fiona E
,
London, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

78 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
San Francisco, California
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Not much here but the pagoda and associated temples and you can only go in the ground floor. A long trip to get here but if you're already going to the hanging temple then this is a side-trip on the way but I certainly wouldn't travel this far to see just the pagoda.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Very Interesting! One of the highlights of our 2 day tour in Datong. You will need a guide to give you information about the history of the attraction in relation to the town and its people. Without a guide its just something interesting to look at. We had a brilliant guide called Lee Ann who was assigned to us by... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Built in 1056 (Ten years before William the Conqueror ) and still standing. Not bad and not a nail used. Remember those wooden puzzles? See how this was built and you will surmise that is possibly where the idea came from. It is great to reflect on its age and that it is made of wood while you view it... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Stratford Upon Avon
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Amazing carpentry - only wood used in it's construction - not a nail in sight. Sadly due to deterioration and need for renovation you can only see ground floor so there is not much to be seen inside

Was this review helpful? Yes
Beijing, China
Top Contributor
169 reviews 169 reviews
84 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The wooden pagoda was a good surprise, it is big and no doubts a great achievement to build such pagoda with only wood and even more incredible that the pagoda survived that long. It is around 90 minutes driving from central DaTong, and I would position as a nice to visit, but not a must do, if you have limited... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Santiago, Chile
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tehran, Iran
Top Contributor
187 reviews 187 reviews
163 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Beijing
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
London
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
35 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda also viewed

 

Been to Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?