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The Magnificent Yongle Big Bell of the Ming Dynasty

Known as “the best bell in the world,” the Yongle Big Bell was cast during the Ming Dynasty’s prosperous Yongle period (approximately 1420-1424) under the order of Emperor Chengzu. The Yongle Bell is a magnificent piece of work, exhibiting superb craftsmanship that is difficult to achieve even with today’s advanced science. The bell has been struck ...

Tatiana Denning

Artists rendering of the Yongle Big Bell's casting site with planners, laborers, and monks.