Jianfu monastery, (in) Xi'an, Shaanxi, CN

When the city of Chang'an 長安 (modern Xi'an 西安/Shaanxi) was the capital of Tang Dynasty, many emperors and especially empresses worshipped the Buddha and had built some huge pagodas in the state protected monasteries. […] the Small Wild Goose Pagoda (Xiaoyanta 小雁塔; […]) was erected in 709 in Jianfu Monastery 荐福寺.

Small Wild Goose Pagoda
This pagoda is within the compound of Fortune Offering Temple (Jianfusi), one kilometer south of the city. Built in A.D. 684, the square pagoda is an elegant brick structure with closely arrange eaves; it is forty-three meters high and has thirteen stories.

The Small Wild Goose Pagoda, one of Xian's major tourist sites, has recently undergone a lot of development and been made part of a much larger scenic area. Located in the southern suburbs of Xian, the scenic area consists of the Xian Museum, and the ancient Jianfusi Temple, which which houses the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Now the area has been turned into a huge park complex with traditional gardens, a large manmade lake with a traditional Chinese marble bridge crossing it.

Input by: tmciolek, Dec 15, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 27 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 Jianfu monastery, CN.

General location of the Jianfu monastery, CN.
Lat 34.2403 Long 108.9416
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country

  • China:Shaanxi Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 34.2403 Long 108.9416 - visual identification of Xiaoyanta pagoda in maps.google.com - tmciolek, 29 Dec 2009.

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

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12. Date-intermediate

  • MBM chrono-tag 0667-99p 0700-32c 0733-66p - tmciolek 27 Apr 2013
  • 0667-99p 0700-32c 0733-66p dated-xx

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

16. Additional notes

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

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

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