Stolen pagoda returned to ShanXi
Added On April 18, 2017
An ancient pagoda stolen 19 years ago has finally been returned to its original site in northwest China's Shanxi province.
Dengyu stone tower, originally located in Dengyu village in Shanxi, features Buddha images carved into the four-faced tower body.
It was made in the Tang Dynasty some one thousand years ago.
The tower is 320 centimeters high and composed of a base, a 177-centimeter body, a tower eave and spire.
It is an excellent example of Tang Dynasty stone carving and was given provincial-level protection in 1965.
However, the tower body was stolen in 1998 and taken out of the Chinese mainland. It was then donated by a private collector to Taiwan's Chung Tai Chan Monastery in 2015.
The monastery decided to return the tower to Shanxi after its origins were confirmed in 2016.
A Master of the Taiwan Monastery said "the donation is an excellent example of cultural exchange between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland".
The museum said it will speed up improvements on safety facilities to help preserve the pagoda, and organize an exhibition.