The Dong people have an old saying: “There is a drum tower first, then a stockade village.” The Dong people are good at the construction of buildings with a distinctive characteristic. All villages of Dong ethnic group have drum towers and flower bridges, and the dry-column slings are row upon row, which forms the unique scenery of the village. Today we will take a look at the most famous 8 Drum Towers of Dong ethnic group.
Zengchong Drum Tower
Built in 1672, Zengchong Drum Tower covers an area of 160 square meters and is the oldest, largest and best preserved house in Guizhou Province.
Zengchong Drum Tower not only preserves the characteristics of ancient Chinese architecture, but also has a strong national style. It is large in scale, beautiful in appearance, exquisite in craftsmanship and has high value.
Sanjiang Drum Tower
Sanjiang Drum Tower is located in Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County, Guangxi Province. It is the No. 1 Drum Tower in Dong County and is known as the “World’s No. 1 Drum Tower”.
Zhaoxing Drum Towers
Zhaoxing Village is most famous for its drum tower group. Its Drum Tower is distinct from the all the drum towers among the country. It is included in the Guinness Book of World Records and is known as the “Hometown of Drum Tower Culture and Art”. There are five drum towers in the village, five flower bridges and five theaters. The appearance, height, size and style of the five Drum Towers are different.
Chezhai Drum Tower
The Chezhai Drum Tower is located in Rongjiang County, Guizhou Province. It was built in the Daogaung period of Qing Dynasty but was was destroyed during the Xianfeng period and rebuilt during the Guangxu period. The Chezhai Drum Tower has the characteristics of the Dong Drum Tower and the characteristics of the Han Loft. It is the best witness to the blending of Dong and Han culture.
Sanbao Drum Tower
Sanbao Drum Tower has a construction area of 225 square meters, 21 floors, with a total height of 35.18 meters and a total area of 8,000 square meters. On October 20, 2001, it was edited by Guinness Headquarters with the characteristics of “the highest, the largest, and the most floor”.
Zaidang Drum Tower
The Zaodang Drum Tower was built in the Qianlong period of Qing Dynasty. It is the place where the Dong people in Zaidang rest, discuss events, sing, and entertain guests.
Matian Drum Tower
The Matian Drum Tower is a national key cultural relics protection unit. It was built in the Shunzhi period of Qing Dynasty and is a unique building of the Dong people.
Wanghe Drum Tower
Wanhe Drum Tower is located in zhijiang, Hunan. The most amazing thing about it is that there is no nail used in the whole building, all of which are wooden accessories.
The Dong drum towers not only serving as a distinctive handcraft of building construction, but also a symbol of good fortune and a sign of prosperity. It is one of the vigorous and resplendence part of Dong culture.