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The Ayuwang or Ashoka Pagoda is a stupa in Dai County in northeast Xinzhou Prefecture in northern Shanxi, China.

Ayuwang Pagoda
代县阿育王塔.jpg
Chinese阿育王
Literal meaningAshoka Tower
Ashoka Pagoda

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NameEdit

The Ayuwang Pagoda's name honors Ashoka, the Mauryan emperor who converted to Buddhism around 263 BC and subsequently greatly patronized the religion.

HistoryEdit

The Ayuwang Pagoda was first built under the Sui in AD 601. Over the next 600 years, it was destroyed and rebuilt three times. Its present form dates to the Mongolian Yuan dynasty, who favored Tibetan Buddhism and rebuilt the tower in a Tibetan style. This dagoba was heavily damaged by an earthquake during the Qing dynasty and subsequently repaired.[1]

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CitationsEdit

  1. ^ Zhao (2007), 130.

BibliographyEdit

  • Zhao Yu, ed. (2007), Shanxi, Beijing: Chinese Travel Press.

Coordinates: 39°04′49″N 112°57′18″E / 39.0803°N 112.955°E / 39.0803; 112.955