White Horse Pagoda ​ ​- in memory of a white horse which died at the age of 9

Last Update: 17th October 2020

Originally built in 386, the existing White Horse Pagoda was rebuilt in 1844. Made of adobe, the 9-layers pagoda is 12 meters tall. There is a column in the middle, coated with grass mud and lime. The base is an octangle with 3-meters-wide side.

White Horse Pagoda ​ Fast Facts
  • Chinese Name: Baimata (白马塔)
  • Height: 12 x meters
  • Things to do there: Photography, Buddhism
  • Who visits: Photographers, Buddhism Believers
  • Time required: 30 x minutes
What to expect at the White Horse Pagoda ​

White Horse Pagoda stands in the east of the old city in Dunhuang. It was said that the pagoda was built in memory of the white horse which passed away at the age of 9 when the eminent monk Kumarajiva in the Northern Liang Dynasty (397 – 460) propagandized Buddhism in the East.


The White Horse Pagoda is in the style of Lama in the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644).You will see protruding nails and the petals of the lotus on the 5th layer of the pagoda. The body on the 6th layer is in Tibetan Style. The 7th layer is in a wheel-shape of the dharma-laksana. The 8th layer shows as a posha plate in hexagonal shape with 1 wind chime at every corner. The spire on the 9th layer is decorated with beads on the edge.


Nowadays, the White Horse Pagoda is surrounded by green trees and popular among tourists.

Best time to visit the White Horse Pagoda ​

If you would like to visit the White Horse Pagoda for photography purposes, the best time to visit is during the sunset.


The best months to visit are from May to October.


How to get to White Horse Pagoda ​

The White Horse Pagoda is located 2 kilometers from the City of Dunhuang. You could walk to the pagoda or rent a vehicle to it.


Additional White Horse Pagoda Travel Advice
  • Opening hours: 08:00 – 18:00
  • As at 17th October 2020, the entrance pricing is 30 CNY per person. For the latest pricing information, please contact us via email (info@wendyweitours.com)
  • If you are interested to walk to the pagoda from the City of Dunhuang, you will have a great chance to discover the local life.
  • Please check out the weather forecast in case that Dunhuang is attacked by sand storms when you are visiting the park.
  • Please wear the sunscreen cream, sunglasses and the like to stop the strong sunlight shining your body directly in the dry weather.
Interested in visiting the White Horse Pagoda ​ on a Tour?

Wendy Wei Tours offers a variety of different packaged tours as well as custom tours including the White Horse Pagoda ​, among other attractions and destinations. To find out more, please visit our Tours page or Contact Us directly to find out more.