China | Xian

Da Cien Temple & Big Wild Goose Pagoda

China Discovery Tour

Xian | China

06 Jan 2020 | Mon

Day 10 of 18

  • Xian Muslim Quarter
  • Xian Ancient City Wall
  • Lunch | Restaurant near Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Da Cien Temple & Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Flight | Xian to Zhangjiajie
  • Meet Zhangjiajie Tour Guide (Wendy) & Driver
  • Pullman Zhangjiajie Hotel

Da Cien Temple & Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Da Cien Temple

The Da Cien Temple is a historic temple located in the city of Xi’an, China. The temple was built in the year 685 AD, and is one of the oldest temples in China. The temple is known for its unique architecture, which features a mix of Chinese and Indian influences. The temple is also home to a number of historical artifacts, including a statue of the Buddha that is over 1,000 years old. The Da Cien Temple is a popular tourist destination and receives over 1 million visitors each year.

Da Cien Temple & Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Golden Statue Of The Buddha And Two Monks at Da Cien Temple

Daci’en Temple is a Buddhist temple located in Yanta District, Xi’an, Shaanxi. The temple is the cradle of East Asian Yogācāra in China. It is notable for the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. The pagoda was originally built by an accomplished monk Xuanzang, whose story was widespread in civil society in many dynasties, and the famous legendary story Journey to the West was inspired by his experience. Alongside Daxingshan Temple and Jianfu Temple, it was one of the three sutras translation sites (三大译经场) in the Tang dynasty.

Located in Jinchangfang of Chang’an (today’s Xi’an), the Daci’en Temple was first constructed in 648, in the 22nd year of Zhenguan period of the Tang dynasty (618–907). Prince Li Zhi, the later Emperor Gaozong of Tang, issued the decree building the temple in commemoration of his mother Empress Zhangsun. The renowned Buddhist monk Xuanzang was in charge of the temple, where he founded the East Asian Yogācāra in the Tang Empire. During his tenure, he managed the construction of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda.

On June 22, 2014, the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda was added to UNESCO’s list of World Cultural Heritage.

– Wikipedia Daci’en Temple

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the most iconic landmarks in China. Located in the city of Xi’an, it was built in 652 AD to store Buddhist scriptures brought back from India by the monk Xuanzang. The pagoda has seven stories and is made of brick and stone. It is a popular tourist destination and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Giant Wild Goose Pagoda or Big Wild Goose Pagoda (literally “big swan goose pagoda”), is a monumental Buddhist pagoda located in southern Xi’an, Shaanxi, China. It was built in 648/649(?) during the Tang dynasty and originally had five stories. It was rebuilt in 704 during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian and its exterior brick facade was renovated during the Ming dynasty.

One of the pagoda’s many functions was to hold sutras and figurines of Gautama Buddha that were brought to China from India by the seventh-century Buddhist monk, scholar, traveler, and translator Xuanzang. Today, the interior walls of the pagoda feature engraved statues of Buddha by the renowned 7th-century artist Yan Liben.

This pagoda was added to the World Heritage List, along with many other sites along the Silk Road, as part of the “Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor” site in 2014.

– Wikipedia Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

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