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Drum Tower

Beijing Attractions: Drum Tower

Drum Tower 鼓楼

Drum Tower, Beijing, China.
  • 47m tall Drum Tower
  • Was originally built in the 13th century
  • Time was kept with a water clock
  • Pleasant, lively market area at night
  • Marked the time in ancient Beijing
  • Close to the Bell Tower & Beihai Park

The 47m-high wood, stone and tile Drum Tower originally dates from 1272 when it was at the center of the Mongol capital.

The Drum Tower was rebuilt in 1420 but has been repeatedly destroyed and re-constructed since then. The Drum Tower was damaged in 1900 during fierce fighting between occupying Western forces and the Chinese Boxers.



Drum Tower, Beijing, China.

Beijing's Drum Tower

The building was most recently repaired in the 1980s and subsequently opened to tourists.

During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) 25 drums were beaten to mark the hours of the day. On display is the large Night Watchman's Drum and several impressive replica drums.

The Drum Tower offers good views of the nearby Bell Tower and the rooftops of the hutong below.

The Drum Tower and the Bell Tower together formed the time-keeping center of the ancient city in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.

Getting To Beijing Drum Tower

The Drum Tower (Gulou)
Tel: 6401 2674
The nearest subway station is Gulou on the Circle Line.

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