Small Wild Goose Pagoda
The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is located 2 km south of Xi’an City Wall on Southern suburb of Xi’an. It was built 707 during the Tang Dynasty. It consists of Xi’an Museum, the Pagoda and Dajianfu Temple. The Dajianfu Temple was built in 684 A.D. and original name was Daxianfusi (Great Monastery of Offered Blessing).
Later the original name was changed to Dajianfusi by Emperor Wuzetian in 690 A.D. The temple used to be the one of the main centre for translating Buddhist scriptures from India in Chang’an.
The Xi’an Museum displays more than 2,000 historical relics. In the central axis, there are the White Clothing Pavilion, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, the Sutra Depository, the Mahavira Hall, and the Maitreya Pavilion in the Jianfu Temple. Verdant trees, grass and beautiful flowers can be found throughout the time-honored building complex.
The Small Wild Goose Pagoda was newer and smaller than the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the name was given to it in order to distinguish it from Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It was 45 meters tall until a powerful earthquake in1556 hit Shaanxi and now it is 43 meters tall with total of 13 levels which was total of 15 levels. It is square on plane and rises skyward in an elegant spindle shape. Inside, the narrow wooden stairway winds its way to the top of the pagoda.
There is a giant iron bell about 3.5 meters tall and around 10 tons in weight resides in the Jianfu Temple. It is sound spreads to as far as 3 miles.
The pagoda is a unique and delicately shaped with a hollow inside in order to house Buddhist scriptures at that time.
The ticket to pagoda is issued at 10 Yuan per ticket.