Bell and Drum Towers
Bell and Drum Towers
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This two-story arched wooden structure once held 25 drums which, in combination with bells in the Bell Tower, were once used to indicate the time of day. Only one drum remains today, which is beaten four times a day for 15 minutes.
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PBlyth
Tampa, FL250 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Beijing drum tower is typical of many found all over China. This one has a set of very steep steps leading up to the actual drum chamber. At the top you can walk around the outside walkway to get a view of the surrounding area and read about the different seasons celebrated by the Chinese. Inside are a set of very large drums which are used to play a drum serenade demonstrating the old techniques used to notify the local people of the passage of time. There is also an interesting side display of time pieces driven by candles or water.
Written 9 April 2020
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ceetom1
California482 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Enjoyed our visit here on our last day in Beijing. Had an early evening flight back to the States so had enough time to visit in the morning. We literally stumbled upon these two structures after exiting the nearby subway and glad we did. The drum Tower
still has an original portion of a drum that was used hundreds of years ago, along with replacement ones looking much newer. The Bell tower has a large Bell but not sure if it is an original. Both the towers are right across from each other so you can easily see both on the same trip. About two minute walk from each other. Beware they both have steep stairs to climb. No elevators. Together with Yandai Xie street nearby, the visit to this area was worthwhile.
Written 9 January 2020
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Bernice Sim
Singapore60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Went to the drum tower as it was almost near closing time and we managed to catch the drum performance which lasted for almost five minutes. Take note that the steps to the top of the tower is long and tiring, but the view is worth it. Very accessible and location is not hard to find.
Written 19 December 2019
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ileannkneel
Kelowna, Canada1,059 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
The tower itself is pretty cool, seemingly plunked down right in the middle of a regular neighborhood it is probably missed by most tourists. But I would recommend trying to come and pay a visit if only to watch the locals hang out in the square out front of the tower. Really cool activities including a foot game using a shuttlecock... one tiny lady was so good at it I watched her for several minutes in awe.
Written 18 December 2019
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hulagirlSurrey
Staines, UK796 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Bell and Drum Towers are great and well worth a visit. Unfortunately we were on a tour and didn't get to go up them.
Written 6 December 2019
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Alisa D
Orlando, FL513 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
The drum tower is super cool. It has one original drum on display. The stairs are steep - going and coming is sketchy. Once at the top the views are amazing.
Written 2 December 2019
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Simon P
Toulouse, France412 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
Situated about 10 mins walk from Guloudajie subway station( line 2). The tower is worth a visit and you can buy tickets for this combined with the bell tower which is adjacent. There are drum shows several times per day. I just missed it but I could hear it! To get to the drums you have to climb around 70 very high stairs. Each step is around 30cm so you should be reasonably fit. There is no place to rest on the stairs. At the top you see the drums and some old demonstration models.
The bell tower is similar, except it has a huge bell. It also has around 70 steps to climb.
Written 26 October 2019
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LG_Kay
Singapore, Singapore7,519 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Suggest you purchase the bell and drum towers combo ticket 30rmb. Individual Bell Tower 15rmb; Drum Tower 20rmb. Note that you need to climb up 69 steps for drum tower and 75 steps for bell tower. The huge bell at Bell Tower is considered the King of Ancient Bell, being the largest/heaviest ancient bell. At the Drum Tower, I was disappointed that I could only access the south side of the city’s skyline from the balcony, as the rest of the sections are closed with gates.

There are short English explanations of the histories of both towers. Suggest you time your visit to watch the drum performances at the Drum Tower: 0930, 1030, 1130, 1330, 1430, 1530, 1630hr.
Written 22 October 2019
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World Prof
Buffalo Grove, IL169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
These two towers of are of great historic interest. Learn how timekeeping was kept in the ancient city. To enter after purchasing the combination ticket at the drum tower, in each tower there is a very long, steep, and narrow stairway to get to the main level where drums and bells can be seen. If you have difficulty with stairs or are short of breath - this is not for you. But otherwise the climb will be rewarded. Time the Drum Tower visit so as to hear a brief demonstration where the massive drums are played in unison by several drummers. Great view of the city from here. The bell in the Bell Tower is impressive, and offers a great view of the Drum Tower.
Written 14 October 2019
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Josep Sans
Sabadell, Spain360 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Drum and Bell towers can be visited at the same time as they are one in front of the other. In ancient times, bell was used to mark hours in the morning and the opening of the wall doors as the Drums were used to mark evening hours and the closure of the doors.
There's a combined ticket to visit both. Don't miss the drum's performance. Is about 10 minutes and very good.
Written 24 September 2019
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