"Drum tower" Bell and Drum Towers Tip by tompt

Bell and Drum Towers, Beijing: 38 reviews and 93 photos

  Drum tower as seen from the Bell tower
by tompt

The Drum tower is located in the Dongcheng District of Beijing and was built in 1272 it stood in the heart of the Yuan capital Dadu. In 1420 the building was reconstructed to the east and in 1800 large-scale renovations were carried out.
The first level of the Drum Tower is a solid square terrace four meters high, 55.6 meters long and 30 meters wide. A broad wooden structure is built atop the terrace. The Drum Tower was once the time keeping center for the whole city, drums were beaten to mark the hours. The upper story of the building housed 24 drums, of which only one survives. The timekeeping was abondened at the same time with the last emperor.

Address: Gulou Xidajie, Dongcheng District
Directions: North of Forbidden City
Website: http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/beijing/bell.htm

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  • Updated Oct 3, 2004
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