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Sarīra Pagoda
source: Shenyang Portal Website  2014-12-18 15:26

Location: No.15, Tawan Street, Chongshandong Road

Sarīra Pagoda sits on a hill north from Tawan Street, western Huanggu District. Originally built in 1044 during the Liao Dynasty, the octagonal and thirteen-floor pagoda was made of bricks in a hollow structure with dense eaves. The Exhibition Hall under the pagoda displays precious Buddhist arts excavated from the pagoda.

The 33-meter pagoda is a thirteen-floor and octagonal brick tower with dense eaves. It is composed of five parts: the underground palace, the base, the body of the tower, the eaves and the top of the tower. The underground palace, which sits under the base of the tower, keeps precious Buddhist relics such as śarīra. The 17-meter base is an octagonal sumeru pedestal, with each side as wide as 5.5 meters. The body of the tower is consisted of two parts. The lower part is consisted of a sumeru pedestal with stone statues of animals; the upper part is a octagonal pillar with each side holding a niche of one Buddha and two assisting Bodhisattvas. Buddha on each side differs from one to another. The Buddha on the south is Baosheng Buddha, southwest, Dengguan Buddha, west, Pingdeng Buddha, northwest, Huihua Buddha ; on the north, there is Daci Buddha, northeast, Puji Buddha, east, Cibei Buddha and southeast, Ashan Buddha. Above the niches is a thirteen-eave tower hanging wind chimes.

The Sarīra Pagoda is one of the oldest remaining architecture of Shenyang. Being referred as “the Sunset of Tawan Street”, it is also one of the “Eight Sights of Shenyang”.

Transportation: Visitors can take bus 209 or 233.

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