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Sakyamuni Pagoda, 03 A Glorious Royal Family

This is a four-part series of short, 20-minute documentaries about the famous Sakyamuni Pagoda in Ying County, Shangxi Province, China, which is the tallest wooden Pagoda in the world. As I cannot make a playlist out of the films I have had to embed all four of them separately here, with an introduction to each.

The third of the series investigates the various theories about who exactly built the Pagoda, which, if it were known, might also explain why it was built in such a remote area. Although there is no certain answer it does appear most likely to have been built by one of the three Empresses in the Liao Dynasty, which was led by the ethnic Khitans, not by the Han.

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