Hohhot Five-Pagoda Temple (Wuta Si)

Hohhot Five-Pagoda Temple (Wuta Si)

Hohhot Five-Pagoda Temple (Wuta Si)

Hohhot Five-Pagoda Temple (Wuta Si)
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
This pagoda is quite unique in Mongolia. The style is from Indian Buddhism. Although it is called the "1000-Buddha Pagoda", there are actually some 1563 carvings of Buddha on its exterior walls. Inside the Pagoda there is, sadly, nothing at all - it was all stripped-out and destroyed in the Cultural Revolution. However, the empty interior has been used to display an ancient stone-carved Mongolian Map of the Cosmos - on Buddhist principles. Another copy of it is outside, set in the walls of the Pagoda grounds.
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KW M
Belfast, UK542 contributions
CLOSED!!
Jul 2021
I don’t know what the last reviewer was speaking of, but this place is closed!! Perhaps she is speaking of the 8 pagodas outside the Dazhao Temple??
The sign in Chinese on the door, from April 2021, said the temple was under renovation. The Chinese locals we spoke to outside, said it was closed for renovations. The Chinese websites all say it is open….it is not, while we were looking around and talking to people, dozens of others showed up and were frustrated and disappointed to find it locked up.
Before you make the journey, find out, somehow, if this place is actually open!
Written July 16, 2021
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Bettybooo
Birmingham Uk37 contributions
Have a peak from outside!
Jul 2021
I only had 2 hours in Hohhot, and managed to fit in the 5 tower pagoda, Dazhao temple and the Great mosque in that time they are within 1.5km walk of each other! So I just looked at the pagoda from outside the wall which is possible, (although the electricity wires are strung across it!!). I enjoyed my impromptu independent walking tour - use didi for a map! Then get didi to and from your hotel. All are near Qingcheng park, and I walked down some interesting properly old streets - there's a mahjong cafe - I took photos they were very friendly - probably could have joined in but I had no time! Great walk if you like taking candid photos of people doing daily life!
Written July 8, 2021
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JonasCN
Singapore, Singapore4,051 contributions
A must visit for a alas 5 mins experience
Jun 2019
The Hohhot Five-Pagoda temple is an amazing structure. To reach the Pagoda, you have to navigate a long stretch of unmemorable temples and rooms displaying the pagoda's history, with some entrances asking for donations. My advice is to ignore all the temples and navigate directly to the Pagoda.

Once you reach the pagoda, you will be in awe by its unique design that is not found in other countries. The pagoda stands alone at the end of the temple. But the Pagoda is locked. If you want to enter the Pagoda, you will need to pay to enter the Pagoda and engage a temple guide. If you don't plan to do so, the whole experience will only take you 5 mins of photo taking. After that, you are wise to proceed to the next tour destination. It is a must visit, albeit for 5 mins outside the pagoda.
Written March 28, 2020
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ChanRoberts
Juticalpa, Honduras692 contributions
Worth seeing.
Jan 2020 • Solo
From what I understand from a Tripadvisor description, this temple complex was a victim of the Cultural Revolution. So, how much of the statuary is all replica I don't know. The day I went, access inside the five pagoda sturcture at the back of the complex was blocked by a locked fence; so, I couldn't see what, if anything, was inside. Anyway, the complex is very much part of the Buddhist temple culture in Hohhot. There are bigger temples in the city, but this one should be on your list because it is different from the others.
Written January 16, 2020
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Loneostrich
Miami Beach, FL109 contributions
Unique temple architecture
Apr 2018 • Solo
I quite liked Wuta Si. Firstly, entry was free, so that is a big starting plus. The five-pagoda structure at the back really is special. It looks utterly unlike any other temple structure I've seen in two years living in China. The somewhat Indian influence is quite apparent, and I found it really beautiful. The other structures are relatively more standard, albeit bearing in mind that the Buddhist temples you'll find in Hohhot tend to be Tibetan/Mongolian/Vajrana Buddhist, not the more omnipresent Mahayana Chinese style ones you'll find elsewhere in China. All in all, worth a stop if you have interest in Asian religion.
Written April 11, 2018
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StuandSue23
Leeds, UK29 contributions
Hohhot Temple
Jul 2017 • Couples
The old town of Hohhot. Fantastic streets around the temple with a large number of stalls selling allsorts. Another street has a number of small cafe type shops. The temple was very very impressive and free. A genuine taste of China culture.
Written July 11, 2017
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uaLnoM
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia187 contributions
Short visit
May 2017 • Friends
Interesting tower for a short visit. Do not need to spend a lot of time here as there's nothing much to see except the pagoda.
Written June 4, 2017
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Ziggy28104
Charlotte, NC346 contributions
Disappointing
Jan 2017 • Solo
It was just an okay temple, the architecture was okay and the pagoda in the back was a little underwhelming. Not worth paying for a ticket to see.
Written January 21, 2017
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Regal_Blue
Oxford, UK32 contributions
A nice tower with very little else.
Dec 2016 • Solo
The urban sprawl of Hohhot has few real attractions to offer, so the Five-Pagoda Temple may very well be one of the top attractions inside the city.

Having said that, the temple pales in comparison to other grander and more historic temples dotted all over China.

The influence of Tibetan Buddhism is obvious and the pagoda itself felt unique enough, so I would still recommend it for sure if you are in town. It is by no means a must-see, however.
Written January 12, 2017
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Stacia R
Quebec City, Canada261 contributions
Nice square!
Oct 2016 • Friends
We walked past a few temples, strolled the market and took a few pictures. If you have the chance be sure to sample some of the Horse Milk beer/alcohol they have for sale int he green bottles.
Written October 20, 2016
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