Small Wild Goose Pagoda ​- Buddhist Architectural Art Heritage from the Tang Dynasty

Last Update: 9th October 2020


What is the Small Wild Goose Pagoda?
Located in Xi’an Museum, Small Wild Goose Pagoda was originally built in 707. It was aimed to preserve the Buddhist inscriptions that Monk Xuanzang took from India. The original pagoda was a 15-storeyed building. But the existing 13-storeyed pagoda is 43.4 meters tall.

Small Wild Goose Pagoda Fast Facts

  • Chinese Name: Xiaoyanta(小雁塔)
  • Height: 43.4 meters tall
  • Things to do there: Photography, Ancient Chinese Culture Study, Buddhist Study
  • Who visits: Photographers, Chinese Culture Lovers, Buddhist Believers
  • Time required: 2 – 3 x hours

Interested in visiting Small Wild Goose Pagoda during a Xian Tour?

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What to expect at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Also known as “Jianfu Temple”, Small Wild Goose Pagoda is a brick structure. It is composed of an underground palace, the base, the tower body, and the decoration on the top. The base of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda is a square platform built in bricks. There is one arch in the north and the south of the base of the pagoda. The north arch is close to the brick gate which was built in the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912). The frame of the gate is built in bluestones. The carved patterns on the frame reflect the artistic style of the early Tang Dynasty (618 – 907).

The underground palace is located under the base. On the base is the tower body. Compared with other floors, the ground floor of the tower body is the largest and tallest. The first floor is smaller and shorter than the ground floor. The second floor is smaller and shorter than the first floor and so on. The wooden ladder spirals up to the top of the pagoda.


Compared to Great Wild Goose Pagoda, Small Wild Goose Pagoda is quieter. Visitors can enjoy the shadow play near the pagoda and appreciate the stone sculptures outside the pagoda, such as Buddhist, lions, horses, etc and the old complex. Visitors can hit the Morning Bell of Wild Goose Pagoda (雁塔晨钟). The pricing for the hitting is based on the times of the hitting. Visitors can hit the bell 3 times, 6 times or 9 times. Different times have different meanings. If lucky, visitors will see Chinese classical music lovers play music in the museum.

Best time to visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda

The best time to visit Small Wild Goose Pagoda is in the morning as it is not hot during its opening hours. The best months to visit are from March to May, and from September to October.

 

How to get to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda

The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is situated in downtown Xi’an. Therefore, there are some options.

  • Rent a vehicle to Small Wild Goose Pagoda. This is the quickest and most direct option.
  • Take Bus 18, 21, 32, 29, 40, 46, 203, 204, 218, 224, 407, 410, 508, 521, 700, 707, 713, 720 and Tourist Bus 7 and 8 to the Stop of Xiaoyanta (小雁塔站).

Additional Small Wild Goose Pagoda Travel Advice

  • Opening hours: 09:00 – 16:00. It is closed on Tuesdays.
  • As at 9th October 2020, visitors can enter Xi’an Museum where the Small Wild Goose Pagoda is situated for free. Entrance pricing to the pagoda is 30 CNY per person. For the latest pricing information, please contact us via email (info@wendyweitours.com)  
  • Please take your passport with you at the entrance of the museum. The staff will check it and offer you a complimentary ticket for the museum. The museum offers 3,000 free tickets to the individual visitors every day.
  • Please do not wear shorts, short skirts or mini-dress to visit the pagoda.

Interested in visiting Small Wild Goose Pagoda during a Xian Tour?

Wendy Wei Tours offers a variety of different packaged tours as well as custom tours including the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, among other cities and areas. To find out more, please visit our Tours page or Contact Us directly to find out more.