History of Lighthouses in Asia (China)

Jul 2019
3
North America
#1
Hey everyone, I've been trying to find some history on lighthouses in Asia and everything is coming up very Euro-centric (surprise!). It seems like a simple enough concept that maybe I'm thinking about it too hard and the various peoples of Asia surely had lighthouses... Or maybe China (specifically) didn't build them until much later? I can't seem to find anything. Admittedly, I haven't done a super deep dive but I thought I'd ask here.

Anyway, thanks in advance!
 
Jul 2019
3
North America
#3
Yeah, I read somewhere without a source (a snippet from something) that they might have started building them when the Europeans arrived.
 
Sep 2012
1,113
Taiwan
#4
I'd put money on there being some kind of coastal beacon system before then, but that may stretch your definition of a lighthouse. The Yuan dynasty would be a good bet at the very latest, as that's when maritime trade and travel really began to kick off, but I don't really know much about it.
 
Jul 2019
3
North America
#6
I was just revising my search to not use Lighthouse but rather Beacon Tower or Coast Beacon or something haha. This seems much more likely.

Thanks for the Pagoda link, though - I think my terminology was just too narrow and even medieval "lighthouses" in Europe seem to grow in popularity much later than I thought. But the notion of just some coastal beacon system for navigation makes sense.
 
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