Pó Pagoda

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Pó Pagoda information

Kāifēng , China
Pota Xijie
admission Y10
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This stumpy pagoda is the oldest Buddhist structure in Kāifēng (from 974). The original was a nine-storey hexagonal building, typical of the Northern Song style. The pagoda is clad in tiles decorated with 108 different Buddha images – note that all the Buddhas on the lower levels have had their faces smashed off. The pagoda is all that survives of Tiānqīng Temple (天清寺; Tiānqīng Sì), but worshippers still flock here to burn incense and pray. The Pó Pagoda Temple Fair is held here in April.

You'll find the pagoda hidden down alleyways east of the train station. Cross southward over the railway tracks from Tielubeiyan Jie and take the first alleyway on your left. From here follow the red arrows spray-painted on the walls. Bus 15 gets relatively close; ask the driver to let you off at the right stop, or grab a taxi.