of the Northern Temple is one of Suzhou's less restored and therefore
more authentic, temple attractions. It was first built in the period of
the Three Kingdoms, and rebuilt for several times.
Temple was founded in the third century A.D., once named "Kaiyuan
Temple" and "Jieng Temple". The pagoda has nine storeys
and eight sides with carving and colored patterns. It is said to be the
tallest pagoda south of the Yangtze River.