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Todai-ji Temple, Nara

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A World Heritage Site dating back to 728 CE, Todai-ji Temple has served as a central Buddhist temple complex known for its administrative control over provincial temples. Today, it remains a pilgrimage and ritual site for international Buddhism. The main hall, a massive wooden building, contains a 15 m (49.2 ft) bronze statue of the Buddha flanked by bodhisattvas. Check out the onsite museum, which features rotating displays of the temple's collection of religious art and cultural artifacts. Try not to scare the deer roaming the temple grounds, as Shintoism considers them godly messengers. Planning Nara trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
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  • Todaiji was once one of Japan’s Seven Great Temples and houses the world’s largest bronze Buddha. As one of the main sites of interest in Nara, the Temple was originally built in 752 and is a UNESCO.....  more
    Todaiji was once one of Japan’s Seven Great Temples and houses the world’s largest bronze Buddha. As one of the main sites of interest in Nara, the Temple was originally built in 752 and is a UNESCO.....  more »
  • Todai-ji Temple is the Most Impressive Temple I've ever seen. This is considered the worlds largest wooden structure. It's massive, I can't even explain how large it is. The Buddha inside was... 
    Todai-ji Temple is the Most Impressive Temple I've ever seen. This is considered the worlds largest wooden structure. It's massive, I can't even explain how large it is. The Buddha inside was...  more »
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  • Spectacular to experience this in person. I think most visitors learn that this is the largest wooden structure in the world. This living example of Tang dynasty-style architecture is a fantastic example of one of Japan's many contributions to humanity. The sheer size of the doors was inspiring. Highly recommended!
  • I love the place! ❤️It is full of details - if you are love photography, it’s a good choice to make some peculiar shots! This place keeps history and amazes with the sculptures and architecture. 😍If you read more about the meaning it will add up to your experience. I highly recommend visiting this place!💯

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