The South Pagoda in Bairin Left Banner of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
The pagoda stands atop a hill (Shipen Hill) five kilometers south of the site of the upper capital of the Liao Dynasty. The octagonal, seven-storeyed, multi-eaved brick pagoda is about 25 meters high. Carved on the pagoda walls above the first storey are dozens of reddish brown stone statues of Buddba, bodhisattvas, heavenly kings and celestial guardians. These vivid and finely carved images are valuable art works in the Liao Dynasty style. The seven levels of eaves above the first storey of the pagoda are supported by carved brick brackets and rafters under them. This pagoda distinguishes itself from all pagodas of the Liao Dynasty in its structure and workmanship.