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Guomari Kalachakra Buddhist Pagoda

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Guomari Kalachakra Buddhist Pagoda: The pagoda is situated on the square in front of the Guomari Temple in Guomari Village. Built-in January 1994, it occupies an area of 1,156 square meters and is 30 meters tall, the tallest of its kind in Qinghai Province. The pagoda is a unique piece of architecture in Regong.


A pagoda is an East Asian tiered tower with multiple eaves common to Nepal, India, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and other parts of Asia. Most pagodas were built to have a religious function, most often Buddhist but sometimes Taoist, and were often located in or near viharas. The pagoda traces its origins to the stupa of ancient India.

Chinese pagodas are a traditional part of Chinese architecture. In addition to religious use, since ancient times Chinese pagodas have been praised for the spectacular views they offer, and many classical poems attest to the joy of scaling pagodas. Chinese sources credit the Nepalese architect Araniko with introducing the pagoda to China.

The oldest and tallest pagodas were built of wood, but most that survived were built of brick or stone. Some pagodas are solid with no interior. Hollow pagodas have no higher floors or rooms, but the interior often contains an altar or a smaller pagoda, as well as a series of staircases for the visitor to ascend and to witness the view from an opening on one side of each tier. Most have between three and 13 tiers (almost always an odd number) and the classic gradual tiered eaves.

Transport:Take a long-distancebus from Xining to Tongren.

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