The Drum Tower is located at the north end of Dianmenwai street. They are a group of ancient buildings at the north end of the central axis from south to north in the ancient capital of Beijing. With a long history, they were once the time-keeping Centre in the capital of the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.
Drum Tower was first built in 1272 during the Yuan Dynasty. Later it was reconstructed in 1297 during the Yuan Dynasty. It was again rebuilt in 1420 and 1539 in the Ming Dynasty. The two-story building was made of wood The Drum Tower is made of wood with a height of 46.7meters. On its second floor there originally were 25 drums. Among them, there were one large drum and 24 smaller drums.
The Drum Tower of Beijing were listed as the cultural relics under municipal protection in 1957 and listed as a cultural relic under state-level protection in 1996.