Twin Pagoda Temple

Twin Pagoda Temple, also known as Yongzuo Temple, was originally constructed in 1608 during the Ming dynasty. The two 53-meter-tall pagodas in the temple provide its name.

Together, the twin pagodas are the symbol of Taiyuan. Each octagonal pagoda has 13 stories and is almost 55 meters high, made entirely of bricks and stone. The exterior is decorated with exquisite flying eaves. All the buildings in the temple were constructed with gray bricks.

The temple houses a rare collection of steles bearing the works of famed calligraphers from various dynasties including Wang Xizhi (303-361), Yan Zhenqing (709-785), Liu Zongyuan (773-819) and Su Dongpo (1037-1101). In front of the main hall, clove and peony trees from the Ming dynasty blossom in the spring.

Twin Pagoda Temple, Taiyuan Travel Guide

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