White Horse Pagoda

Last updated by fabiowzgogo at 2014/7/8

The White Horse Pagoda stands towering into the sky at the southeast corner of the ancient city Shazhou. The nine-storied pagoda with a height of 12 meters is a uniquely shaped spectacular architecture that has impressed many at all times.

The octagonal column is decorated with delicate lotus petals at the center and iron horses at the corners. Perhaps it is the clever design that when being breezed, the iron horses tinkle clearly and melodiously. Based upon reports from archeological investigation, the carved lettering on the stones and the wooden board in the middle layer of the pagoda recorded the history of the White Horse Pagoda. It was built in the Qing Dynasty and had been renovated multiple times throughout the years.
The legend begins like this: once upon a time a Turkestan monk Kumarajiva was trying to cross the desert riding on a white horse. The condition in the gobi was extremely perilous; the white horse was so loyal that it saved the monk many times throughout their journey and eventually sacrificed its life for his master. Kumarajiva was devastated with the loss of his beloved horse. Thus he called together the local Buddhists for fundraising and they used the money to construct the White Horse Pagoda to honor the white horse.

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 White Horse Dagoba (Bai Ma Ta), located in the south of the ancient Dunhuang city of the west suburb, is 2 kilometers from the downtown.

How to Get There?

You can go by taxi, by bike or on foot, for it is just a kilometer away from the downtown. 

Ticket Price:

15 Yuan

Opening Hours:

From 8:00 to 18:00

More Tips:

Pay more attention to the dry weather and the great day-night temperature difference.

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posted by "christyinguilin" at 8/11/2008 2:31:00 AM

It is said that this pagoda is built to commemorate the death of the White Horse of the Turkestan monk Jiumoluo. You can go there to feel the legend and look for the relic of it. Because of the great day-night temperature difference there, don't forget to take enough clothes with you.


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