Drum Tower (Gulou)

Drum Tower (Gulou), Xi'an: Hours, Address, Drum Tower (Gulou) Reviews: 4/5

Drum Tower (Gulou)
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Historic Sites • Observation Decks & Towers
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Built in 1384, this imposing tower was rebuilt after the 1949 Communist revolution.
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ThaiCookingRocks
Changchun, China768 contributions
More to see than at the Bell Tower
Dec 2020
There is much more to see here than there is at the Bell Tower, but its worth doing them both as it helps you imagine being part of Xi'an as a time when drums and bells helped dictate the life of the city from waking up, to closing and opening of the city gates.

At the Bell Tower, the inside just had lots of text panels, and pictures. Here there are many drums and drum types both inside and out. There was also a group of musicians that performed about 4-5 minus worth of music about every 45 minutes or so, and they were very good.

This is also right at the opening of the Muslim Quarter for those who want to visit there as well.
Written December 27, 2020
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Luis C
Changshu, China119 contributions
Good to walk inside.
Dec 2020 • Couples
We went inside as we had some spared time. There are many drums and you can see the Muslim Quarter from above. Also, there's a musical show schedule at different times. That was a really nice surprise, as they played antique instruments.
Written December 27, 2020
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Maxim B
Ottawa, Canada905 contributions
Great site.
Dec 2020 • Family
Saw this together with the Bell Tower on a combined ticket. Small and easy to see site. Although, Xian's hazy air didn't make for good observations from the upper levels of the Tower.
Written December 26, 2020
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada1,597 contributions
Nice Tower in the City Walls
Aug 2020 • Friends
You won't have to go far out of your way to see this tower as being in the ancient city walls is a must do in Xi'an. This is close to the Bell Tower but isn't too exciting. I've been reading that they play drums at sunset and have a display of decorated drums on the inside but it did not seem worth it as the area is quite busy.
Written July 31, 2020
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Stephen C
1,055 contributions
Milestone in downtown Xi'an
Jul 2020 • Couples
The Drum Tower is located in downtown Xi’an. The place is well maintained so it is quite hard to believe that the place dates back to more than 600 years ago.

Entry for adults is at 30 RMB. Featured are 4 larger drums and 24 red drums each engraved with one of the 24 solar terms.

You will get a good view of downtown Xi’an from the tower, including the Bell Tower as well as Muslim Quarter.
Written July 3, 2020
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Koloblicin
Singapore, Singapore594 contributions
Decent views from the tower
Oct 2019 • Family
It has some nice views of the city grounds around it. Should check the performance timings ahead of time so you can plan your visit.
Written February 24, 2020
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Jenny J
Perth, Australia556 contributions
Time to visit when the free instrument show is on
Oct 2019
You get a great view from here of around town as well while upstairs. There is a small museum type display of instruments, lots of bells (inside and outside) and a short musical instrument show at certain times. There is not enough seating or this so you would need to get there a little while before the show started if you need to be able to sit down for the performance.
Written January 11, 2020
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Rupert S
Singapore, Singapore280 contributions
Too late to enter
Dec 2019 • Couples
Arrived too late in the evening to be allowed entrance but still worth a visit as the lights at night were more attractive than in the daytime. Very near to the Muslim quarters it's a place of great historical significance in China's history and ancient past. Highly recommended.
Written December 24, 2019
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André K
Uitenhage, South Africa173 contributions
Nice
Dec 2019
Very beautiful tower and well preserved. At night when the lights come on it is even more impressive.
Written December 21, 2019
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LeeYen76
Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia133 contributions
Good
Dec 2019
Beautiful light up at night. We went with combo ticket with Bell Tower. The drum and other Chinese instruments performance was good.
Written December 17, 2019
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