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
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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, UK556 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Gary T
Xinzheng, China525 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
Mostly this is a pretty average Buddhist temple except for three things: 1. The 5 towers of this temple, which is a common theme in Hindu and Indian-influenced temples (eg., Angkor Wat), is unique for China. That alone makes this a "must see" for anyone visiting Hohhot. 2. There is a pretty decent collection of gilt bronze Buddhist statues displayed inside, and no monks stopping you from taking photos as they do in temples in Tibet. 3. There is an ancient Mongolian astronomical chart on display in the rear of the temple which is a highly significant artifact and which, surprisingly, has not been appropriated by the National Museum in Beijing, or at least the Provincial Museum in Hohhot. This temple is just a few blocks from the spacious Qingcheng Park with its lakes, carnival rides, and revolutionary monument, and a similarly short walk from the famous Dazhao Temple. In good weather one could spend a very pleasant afternoon visiting these sites by foot.
Written October 13, 2015
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Spoke-n-Wheel
Hohhot, Inner Mongolia6 contributions
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I am a bike tour operator in Hohhot and below is my review of Five-Pagoda Temple. Hope it can help you.

This Tibetan Buddhist temple is famous for the 280 years old indian style pagoda in it. The temple was called Cideng Temple which had been destroyed during wars but the pagoda had survived. This pagoda has an unique architectural style. There are five small pagodas glazed in green and yellow standing on a base with a total number of 1630 Buddhas lining the walls of the pagoda. This “pagodas on pagoda” structure is rare among in Buddhist temples.

The temple has been renewed last year which was the 60th anniversary of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Some new buildings were put up but the pagoda still remains origin.

Overall, it's a cool place to see in Hohhot.
Written April 3, 2008
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JonasCN
Singapore, Singapore4,060 contributions
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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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Bella19920515
Nottingham, UK69 contributions
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Jun 2015 • Solo
This is a must see for those who won't have a chance to visit other places in Asia, it's a beautiful blend of Chinese, Tibetan and Hindu in one surprisingly small parcel! It's all wonderfully preserved, and you are allowed to climb the very steep and narrow stairs to the top! It's not a far walk from other major attractions in Hohhot so worth a visit in conjunction with other temples in the city.
Written October 17, 2015
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Chan Roberts
Copan Ruinas, Honduras716 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, FL141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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uaLnoM
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia187 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Regal_Blue
Oxford, UK32 contributions
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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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Sir_Iron_Longsword
Langkawi, Malaysia93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
In my opinion, the best thing to do in Hohhot. There aren't many people here so you'll be assured of peace and quiet. The five pagoda temple itself is beautiful to look at. Take an hour to just sit, enjoy the peace and quiet, reflect... Love this place!
Written August 3, 2015
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