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Dali Three Pagodas. While the temple at the Three Pagodas complex had to be rebuilt, the three independent pagodas that inspired the complex's name are originals. The main one, which is seen here in the foreground, is believed to have been built between the years of 823 and 840 AD. It stands nearly 230 feet tall and is known as the Qianxun Pagoda. The other two pagodas were built approximately 100 years later and reach a height of about 140 feet. Together, the Three Pagodas form a symmetrical triangle, and their architectural styles are quite unique when compared to other ancient Buddhist structures in China.

Dali Three Pagodas

Dali Three Pagodas. While the temple at the Three Pagodas complex had to be rebuilt, the three independent pagodas that inspired the complex's name are originals. The main one, which is seen here in the foreground, is believed to have been built between the years of 823 and 840 AD. It stands nearly 230 feet tall and is known as the Qianxun Pagoda. The other two pagodas were built approximately 100 years later and reach a height of about 140 feet. Together, the Three Pagodas form a symmetrical triangle, and their architectural styles are quite unique when compared to other ancient Buddhist structures in China.

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