[Datong]Perservation vs Demolition: Attitudes towards Historical Buildings in different time periods

In Datong ancient city, important historical buildings’ emergence, disappearance as well as reconstruction within different history time period is crucial to be studied.

From the chart below, there are some tendencies and patterns that can be noticed :

  1. Buddist architecture was well perserved in different time period. The remains of this type of architecture are the most and the level of perservation is the highest.
  2. Symbolic historical buildings like Drum Tower, Nine Dragon Mural as well as FuWen Temple are also perserved in well conditions.
  3. Palaces from previous dynasty as well as executive function buildings such as Fu(府), Ya(衙门)etc were generally all being demolished.

(Image1:historical remains in different time period. Retrived from the article)

(Image2:spatial layouts including important landmark buildings in different time period. Retrived from the article )

To sum up the chart, it is observed that the ancient city’s north south axis hasn’t changed from Bei Wei Dynasty; west east axis was moved towards north 225m since Ming Dynasty.



Zhang Chi,2016. “Urban Spatial Form Cognition of Ancient City Datong Based on the Theory of Urban Image.” Beijing JiaoTong University.


The article can be accessed through cnki.net:


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