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Drum tower

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The term drum tower (Chinese: 鼓楼; pinyin: Gulou) is used to refer to a tower in the center of an old Chinese city, housing signal drums. There was usually also a Bell tower nearby. For individual towers, see:

  • Gulou and Zhonglou (Beijing) (Drum Tower and Bell Tower of Beijing)
  • Drum Tower of Xi'an
  • Drum Tower of Nanjing

Drum towers can be found in a number of Buddhist temples in China and other countries of the region.

The drum tower often being located in the symbolic center of a city, downtown districts of several Chinese cities have been named after the tower; see Gulou (disambiguation) for a list.

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