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White Horse Dagoba is situated 1 km (0.62 mile) west of Dunhuang City, Gansu Province. It was first built in 386AD, and had been restored many times in subsequent years. Though so many years has being past, the White Horse Dagoba is still grandiose.

This 9 story pagoda was built on an octagonal foundation. The body resembling up-turned lotus flower presents the Lama architectural style of the Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644). Wind-bells are hung on each angle of its hexagonal roof. It is said that the dagoba is the burial place of a white horse. Kumarajiva is one of the masters who translated Buddhist sutras into Chinese. When he arrived here, his white horse got sick and died. In memory of his loyal horse, Kumarajiva and local Buddhist followers raised money and built the dagoba.

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