WHITE HORSE PAGODA - CHINA
White Horse Pagoda (Baima Pagoda) is located 12 km (7 miles) east of Luoyang City. Established by the Han Dynasty in 68 AD when Buddhism started to spread, this pagoda is believe to be the first Buddhist temple built by the government in China. Legend says that 2 Indian monks brought Buddhist scriptures to Luoyang on white horses and the founders named the pagoda after this event. Many of the halls and statues found in this monastery date back to the Yuan and Ming dynasties (1206-1644AD).