Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Small Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the two grand pagodas in Xi’an in China. Xi’an is a city with rich history. And many ancient civilization leaves traces there. Moreover, the other significant pagoda is the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. The small pagoda was built during Tang Dynasty. The pagoda had a height of 147 ft. But the 1556 Shaanxi earthquake damaged it. Currently, it stands 141 ft with 15 storeys.
The pagoda not only a national 4A attraction but also the UNESCO World Heritage site. The reason why the pagoda got this name is because that it looks like a wild goose. But there is already another pagoda has the name. Thus people call it the Small Wild Goose Pagoda.
The pagoda features a square shape with the brick frame surrounding the empty inside. Besides, the construction shows the style of that period. In the Tang Dynasty, the pagoda was only a street away from its mother temple. Lots of pilgrims took the holy Buddhist writings of India to the pagoda and the temple. Because the temple was one of the main places in Xi’an for translating the Buddhist materials.
The temple has longer history than the pagoda. It was established in 684. The Tang Dynasty emperor gave his residence for the new temple. In addition, the temple had 200 monks in memory of his father Gaozong. The emperor gave the name of Daxianfusi to it. However, the later empress Wu Zetian changed it to Dajianfusi in 690.