"Beisi Pagoda" Suzhou Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld
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This 76-metre high, octagonal pagoda ((known as North Temple Pagoda) is located near the train station in the north of the city. The pagoda was once eleven stories tall, yet was damaged and reduced to nine stories. Although the present structure dates to the Ming Dynasty (1368?1644), the historical site of construction for the pagodas dates back 1,700 years. A Buddhist pagoda built during the reign of Sun Quan in the 3rd century originally stood at the site, along with another pagoda built during the Liang Dynasty (502-557). The current design of the pagoda structure was made between the years 1131 and 1162, during the Song Dynasty and is said to be the tallest south of the Yangzi River.
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