The Bell tower is an important building in Han Chinese Buddhist temples. Together with Drum tower, they are usually placed on both sides of the Hall of Four Heavenly Kings. It is usually located on the left side while the Drum tower is usually located on the right side. It is general a three-storey pavilion with a large bell hung in it. The loud and melodious sound of the bell is often used to convene monks. In each morning and night, beating the bell 108 times symbolizes the relief of the 108 kinds of trouble in the human world.
When Buddhism came to China, Buddhist architecture came along with it.
There were many monasteries built, equaling about 45,000.
These monasteries were filled with examples of Buddhist architecture, and because of this, they hold a very prominent place in Chinese architecture.
Today the main Buddhist architectural items include temples, pagodas, and grottos.
One of the earliest surviving example is the brick pagoda at the Songyue Monastery in Dengfeng County.
Buddhist architecture is regarded as a .