About Drum tower (Chinese Buddhism)

The drum tower is an important building in Han Chinese Buddhist temples. Together with a bell tower, they are usually placed on both sides of the Hall of Four Heavenly Kings. It is usually located on the right side while the bell tower is usually located on the left side. It is general a three-storey pavilion with a big drum placed on it. When it is beaten, it sounds grandly and loudly. Buddhist templea set times to beat the drums to inform the time and also wake people up.
The Guanyin Hall at Tianmenshan Temple, in Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China.

Chinese Buddhist architectural items

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 .