Monuments from Kaifeng, Henan, China

This post is mostly a photographic presentation of monuments from Kaifeng, Henan province, China.

Kaifeng is a prefecture-level city in east-central Henan province, China. It is one of the Eight Ancient Capitals of China, having been the capital seven times in history, and is best known for being the Chinese capital in the Northern Song dynasty.

(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaifeng)

Gulou District – Great (or Prime) Minister’s temple

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Gulou District – Iron tower (or Iron Pagoda)

The Iron Pagoda of Youguo Temple, Kaifeng City, Henan province, is a Buddhist Chinese pagoda built in 1049 during the Song dynasty (960–1279) of China. The pagoda is so-named not because it is made of iron, but because its color resembles that of iron. It is a brick pagoda tower built on the location of a previous wooden one that had been burnt down by lightning fire in 1044. Along with the Liuhe, Lingxiao, Liaodi, Pizhi, and Beisi pagodas, it is seen as a masterpiece of Song dynasty architecture.

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(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Pagoda)

Gulou District – Song Dynasty imperial garden

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Longting District – Anyuan Gate

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Longting District – Shan Shaan Gan association

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Longting District – Song imperial road

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(Important Note: ALL photographs of this article added to the sourced texts by NovoScriptorium after kind courtesy of our friend Ben Lee – ALL photographs originally taken by Ben Lee)

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