SONGJIANG SQUARE TOWER

Songjiang Square Tower

Shanghai, China

Songjiang Square Tower is a Buddhist pagoda in Singjian, an old suburb town of Shanghai. The tower was initially constructed in the 11th century and it is the only remaining structure of Xingshengjiao Temple. It is 48.5 meters tall with nine stories and was included in Shanghai's nationally protected sites in 1986 which makes it the most popular historical sight in Songjiang. It has a brick vault that was the tomb of Miaoyuan, an 11th-century monk whose ashes had been deposited in the belly of the enlightened Buddha for adoration. The bronze reclining Buddha weighs about 25 kilograms and is 42 centimeters in length.

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