Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta)

Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta), Turpan

Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta)
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AZCasualTraveler
Mesa, AZ1,794 contributions
Lovely Minaret and Mosque
Oct 2019
While we were touring the sites in Turpan, one nice site to visit is the Emin Minaret. According to Wikipedia, this Minaret is 44 meters (144 ft.) in height and it the tallest Minaret in China. Adjacent to the Minaret, is a Uyghur (Muslim) Mosque structure. The mosque interior is nothing fancy - just plain and simple. The two structures - Minaret and Mosque - are nice looking structures together and is an interesting place to visit. The surrounding area and the structures themselves are well maintained and clean.
Written January 23, 2020
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irazhar
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia179 contributions
Place of History
Aug 2019
A beautiful old mosque but now longer being used as a mosque. What a pity for those soul that had put money and effort to build the mosque. In Islam, even if you are dead you still get 'bonus' from the good deeds you made like building this beautiful mosque.
Written January 6, 2020
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Timothy D
Suzhou, China648 contributions
Worth a visit if you have the time
Oct 2019
The Minaret is beautiful from the outside but I found the entrance a bit expensive in comparison with other local sites which offer much more to see and do.
Written October 6, 2019
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Dale R
Stateline, NV318 contributions
Beautiful Brick Work
Jun 2019
Cannot go into the Minaret itself, yet the grounds are very relaxing to take a rest if you are visiting during the heat of the day. Can get crowded at times so visit early in the morning or latter in the evening.
Written September 14, 2019
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Andrew M
7,144 contributions
Great minaret design
Jul 2019
We visited this site early in the morning before it was open. We were hoping to see the Emin Minaret and Mansion of the Turpan Prefect. We had to settle for taking photos of the exterior of the buildings and the minaret. The minaret is reputed to be the tallest in China, and was built in 1777. It is easily reached from the the city center by walking south on country road and taking the first left on Jiefang Road. Jiefang Road is more of a narrow lane than a road. You will see the Pagoda from a distance, and will pass a small cemetery on the right, continue straight ahead and take the next right. There are quite a few brown "tourist" signs which give directions to the Minaret.

After visiting here, take a walk on nearby Jiefang Road which connects to the Pedestrian Street and Central Square.
Written August 25, 2019
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lovetoootravel
Melbourne, Australia248 contributions
Am imposing structure in town
Jun 2019 • Couples
It's just a single minaret but its construction and design is beautiful. The mosque attached is also interesting.
Written June 28, 2019
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Mike J
Chepstow, UK721 contributions
The tallest in China
May 2019 • Couples
We visited this site recently which was built in 1777/8 to honour General Emin Hoja. This splendid structure is apparently the tallest minaret in China. It is decorated with a mix of floral and geometrical patterns which are very ornate in the sun and reminiscent of similar architecture in Uzbekistan but with far less tourists. Unfortunately due to recent damage we were unable to enter the minaret but the adjacent mosque/madrasah although not open to the pubic is an interesting sight in its own right.
Written June 12, 2019
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TanSuoTravel
London, UK264 contributions
A Hallmark Work of Islamic Architecture in Turpan
Jun 2018 • Friends
The Emin Minaret is one of the newer works of Islamic architecture to have been constructed in China, dating back to just 1778. Unlike places such as the Great Mosque of Xi'an, which feature a dizzying amalgamation of traditional Han Chinese and Islamic styles of archiecture, the Emin Minaret is thus much more in-line with traditional Islamic architecture. Its uncomplicated exterior and geometric patterns will be familiar to anyone who has traveled in the Middle East or any other Islamic country.

The minaret's Chinese name, Sugong Ta (苏公塔), literally translates to mean "Governor Su's Tower" and was built by a man named Suleman, who dedicated the tower to his father Emin Khoja. Emin was a Uyghur military general who pledged his allegiance to the Qing Dynasty and was subsequently promoted to the status of governor. His son built the tower to honor his memory after his death.

Bear in mind that the mosque attached to the Emin Minaret is still an active house of worship, and should thus be treated with the greatest respect. The interior mosque is off-limits to visitors, but there is a lovely outdoor area that you can wander around as you admire the minaret itself.

As the scenic area is quite small, we wouldn't recommend dedicating an entire day to it or firmly making it part of your travel plans, but it makes for a lovely afternoon visit if you happen to be in Turpan.
Written May 14, 2019
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WendyA
10 contributions
Must see!
May 2019 • Friends
Walking distance from any hotel in Turpan, if you don't mind a walk! Close to the Silk Road Lodge (10 minute walk?) and about 30-40 minute walk from hotels in the centre of Turpan. Be sure to also visit the mansion/palace beside the Minaret, very picturesque! Bring water.
Written May 12, 2019
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Mary T
Buenos Aires, Argentina2,712 contributions
You cannot enter the mosque, but a look at the minaret makes this place worth visiting
Apr 2019 • Couples
It is tall and well preserved, with interesting geometric designs in the brickwork. You cannot climb the tower either. There is a mural in relief around the base of the platform on which the complex stands; interestingly enough for an Islamic place, it shows human figures and dinosaur skeletons in addition to grapes and vegetation. The gardens are not particularly well cared for, but we were there in late April and perhaps they get better later in the season.
Written April 27, 2019
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