Songyue monastery, (near) Dengfeng, Henan, CN

Raw data

"The oldest pagoda still intact on Chinese soil is the pagoda of Songyue Monastery 嵩嶽寺 of Dengfeng 登封/Henan at the foothills of the sacred mountain Songshan 嵩山. It stands near the famous Shaolin Monastery 少林寺 where monks of the Chan school developed gongfu fighting for mental training. The brick pagoda is 41 m high and was erected in 523 under the patronate of the Northern Wei 北魏 rulers."

Input by: tmciolek, Dec 15, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 18 Jul 2014

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 Songyue monastery, CN.

General location of the Songyue monastery, CN.
Lat 34.5008 Long 113.022
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=34.5008,113.022&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Henan Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 34.5008 Long 113.022 - visual indentification in, tmciolek 16 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

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

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12. Date-intermediate

MBM chrono-tag 0500-32c - tmciolek 18 Jul 2014
0467-99p 0500-32c 0533-66p dated-x

13. Date-late

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14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

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

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