GIANT WILD GOOSE PAGODA or BIG WILD GOOSE PAGODA (Chinese :
大雁塔; pinyin : Dàyàn tǎ), is a
* 1 Surroundings and history * 2 Gallery * 3 Notes * 4 References
SURROUNDINGS AND HISTORY
The original pagoda was built during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of Tang (r. 649–683), then standing at a height of 54 m (177 ft). This construction of rammed earth with a stone exterior facade collapsed five decades later. The ruling Empress Wu Zetian had the pagoda rebuilt and added five new stories by the year 704.
A massive earthquake in 1556 heavily damaged the pagoda and reduced it by three stories, to its current height of seven stories.
The structure leans very perceptibly (several degrees) to the west.
Its related structure, the 8th century
Small Wild Goose Pagoda
The tower can be accessed from the Da Yan Ta station of line 3 of the Xi\'an Metro . One entrance is located at the northeast corner of the north plaza. A new entrance will open later this year at the northwest corner of the north plaza.