Da Zhong Si (Big Bell Temple)
   Guzhong Bowuguan (Big Bell Museum)
   A31 North Third Ring Road
   Beijing, China
   LL: N 39.9670, E 116.3318
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   Guzhong Bowuguan (Big Bell Museum)
   31 West 3rd Ring Road
   Haidian District
   T: 8610-6264 1384, 6254 1972, 8261 1736
   F: 8610 6255 0843




   A collection of Oriental temple bells,
   the largest (46.5 tonnes, c.1405)
   having been since 1743 in the former
   temple which since 1985 has housed this
   museum.  32 are on display outdoors,
   with many more of varying sizes indoors.

*Technical data:

   Carillon-sized collection of at least 32 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is unknown
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     NONE  /    NONE  
   The arrangement of tones and/or semitones
     is non-standard; see Remarks above.
   Work was done (as described in Remarks above) in 1985
     by the maker cited in Remarks above
   Year of latest technical information source is 2009

Frommer's Guide tells how to find this place in the Haidian district.

A Wikipedia article on the Da Zhong Si (Big Bell Temple), with photo of the great bell, cast during the dynasty of Emperor Yong Le (1403-1424).

Long illustrated article on the Museum

Photos from the museum (not well coordinated with the borrowed text)

More photos from the museum

As a collection, this site is not indexed by maker, number, year or weight.

Index to all tower bell instruments in China.

   This page was built from the database on 23-Jan-19
   based on textual data last updated on 2019/01/14
   and on technical data last updated on 2009/07/30

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