Baita monastery, (in) Fuzhou, Fujian, CN

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Bai Ta (白塔) "White Pagoda" (On the top of Mount Yu, originally built in 905 AD, 67 m in height, collapsed in 1534 AD, rebuilt in 1548 AD, 41 m in height.) -

"The Yu Hill (also named Nine-Immortal Hill), only 58.5 metres high and encompassing 11.9 hectares, is situated in the city proper of Fuzhou. Mt. Yu has been an attraction since the Tang Dynasty (618-907). You can climb up to the White Tower on Mt. Yu, which is facing the Wu Tower on Mt. Wu,"

"There are another two special landscapes in Fuzhou namely the White Pagoda (Bai Ta) and the Black Pagoda (Wu Ta). The White Pagoda stands on the western slope of the Yu Hill. Its original name was Ding Guang Ta (Pagoda of Eternal Brightness). It is 41 meters high, seventiered and octagonal, and white in color, which accounts for its popular name."
Input by: tmciolek, Aug 15, 2012

"“Yushan Hill with its fine views dominates the town center; […] The town's symbol, the 41m/135ft high, seven-story White Pagoda (Baita) at the western foot of the hill, was built in 904 as a wooden-clad brick building; however, it burned down in 1534 after being struck by lightning. It was rebuilt in brick in 1548.
Behind it stands a temple (Baita Si) built in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) on the foundations of a Buddhist temple dating from 905. Today it houses a library.”
Input by: tmciolek, Apr 30, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 30 Apr 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Bai Ta monastery, CN.

General location of the Bai Ta monastery, CN.
Lat 26.0808 Long 119.3009
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2012.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=26.0808,119.3009&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Baita monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Fujian Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 26.0808, Long 119.3009 - based on the visual identification of the site in satellite imagery,, tmciolek, 15 Aug 2012.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

A temple (Baita Si) was "built in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) on the foundations of a Buddhist temple dating from 905." -

  • MBM chrono-tag: 0900-32c 0933-66c - tmciolek 30 Apr 2013
  • 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag: 1200=> - tmciolek 13 Dec 2012

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Architectural

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

  • [missing data]

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