The Drum Tower was built in 1380 during the early Ming Dynasty, and got its name from the hugedrum located within the building. In contrast to the Bell Tower ,where bell was stricken at dawn, drum was beat at sunset to indicate the end ofthe day.

There are twenty-four drums in the northand south sides of the Drum Tower . These drums standfor the Twenty-four Solar Terms, a form of weather calendar created by theChinese in order to guide the agricultural production.