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Todaiji Temple

Tōdai-ji is a Buddhist temple complex that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, located in the city of Nara, Japan. Its Great Buddha Hall houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese as Daibutsu. The temple also serves as the Japanese headquarters of the Kegon school of Buddhism. The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”, together with seven other sites including temples, shrines and places in the city of Nara. Deer, regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, roam the grounds freely.
One of the best temples we’ve seen so far. And the bronze Buddha was massive. He’s 49 ft tall and the wooden temple he lives in is 157 ft tall which incidentally is the largest wooden building in the world. We’re so glad we made the afternoon trek to Nara.

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