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Mapang Drum Tower

Mapang Drum Tower Travel Guide

Mapang Drum Tower is located in Mapang Village of Sanjiang, 26 km to Sanjiang County downtown. It was established in 1928 and rebuilt in 1943. Mapang is pagoda-shaped, all tower is support by 4 cedarwoods which are 13 meters in length and 2 meters in diameter; on the 4 main uprights, there are smaller uprights and cornices stacked; the whole drum tower is 15 meters high with 9 storeies of roofs and eaves. Every waves are decorated by sculptures and paintings, there are red-crowned crane sculptures on the top of the roof, it is the symbol of good luck.
Mapang Drum Tower now you see were built by a Dong Minority craftsman named Lei Wenxing. Dong Minority architectures do not have design paper traditionally, all projects were built by pulling together of local craftsmen, so do Mapang Drum Tower. Lei and his team built this amazing drum tower by a trisquare and a bamboo pen, all designs were marked on dry bamboo and built follow these marks; as other amazing Dong Minority architectures, this drum tower was also built without a nail, all connections are by mortise and tenon joint.
Why Dong people named the building Drum Tower?
Because in Dong Minority history, when the village need to call up all villagers for discussing important issues or defending against the enemy, the drum on the tower would be ringed, the shape of the drum tower look like a cedarwood, the shape could help the drumbeat transmitting to all the village. At ordinary times, Drum tower is a social place, elder villagers enjoy buttered tea and chat here; and in the festivals, here is the place for celebration.


Sanjiang is about 3.5 hours driving way from Guilin city.

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