The Sakyamuni Pagoda of Fogong Temple, endearingly referred to by Chinese speakers as “Muta” (Mandarin Chinese for “timber”), is a true survivor. This traditional wooden temple has survived earthquakes and natural disasters for nearly an entire millennium, and stands today as the tallest wooden structure in the world with over 15,000 individual construction elements. The monastery is also unique for its ancient paintings of fairies on the wooden walls, as well as painted statues of Buddhas and beautiful Bodhisattvas emerging from colorful lotus blossoms. Backpackers will also enjoy the beautiful octagonal tiers and calligraphy on display in the pagoda. Visiting the pagoda is truly a trip through time.