It’s a crazy name that just peaks the imagination and leaves you wondering exactly what you are in for, but the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a must visit on the Xi’an tour. So what is it exactly?
A pagoda is a tiered temple commonly used throughout Asia as places of worship. The name “Big Wild Goose” refers to legend having that this was the place were a goose fell from the sky into the hands of hungry monks, believing it was a blessing from the gods they so named the temple.
The site is quite special to those of Buddhist faith being a place where the original Sanskrit sutras, collected during a years long pilgrimage of many countries by the monk Xuanzang, were translated into Chinese.
The area consists of three parts being the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayan Ta), the Da Ci’en Temple, and the North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda. In the north square they have a nightly water fountain show which begins at 8pm (get there early to get a good spot).
There’s more info at the official Xi’an Tourism website here.
Big Goose Pagoda map with nearby hotels