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Todai-ji Temple

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  • Todai-ji Temple

    Large area, park and other small temples around, not super exciting if you've seen a lot of them before, but the Buddha is nice and a different vibe from the similarly large but slightly smaller outside Buddha I'm Kamakura.

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    By some accounts the world's largest wooden building (and it used to be a third larger!) this temple, the centerpiece of imperial Nara, might be mobbed with tourists at all times of the day, but it's also decidedly amazing. Housing an enormous Buddha figure and some nifty carvings, it's an essential visit if you're in the city.

    Recommended for:Art & Design LoversHistory Buffs
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    The biggest wooden building in the world with the second biggest Buddha inside. Amazing architecture! If you are small enough you can squeeze through one of the pylons that has a hole on the bottom which represents the size of one of the Buddha's nostrils and get your photo taken.

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    You've to be there to witness the grandeur of this building; the largest wooden building in the world which houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha.
    The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara", together with seven other sites including temples, shrines and places in the city of Nara. Sika deer, regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, roam the grounds freely.
    One popular attraction is a pillar with a hole in its base that is the same size as the Daibutsu's nostril. It is said that those who can squeeze through this opening will be granted enlightenment in their next life.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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    Todaiji Temple was originally built in in 752 and rebuilt in 1790. Inside is a giant Buddha nearly 50 feet tall!

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    A wooden temple on an epic scale, beautiful interior. There's a hole in one of the columns bestowing good luck on anyone who passes through. Deer roam freely.

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    Amazing!!! Love the peaceful feeling. Grateful for the lovely weather!

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    Huge, and the deer make it awesome!

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    Daibutsu-Sama

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    This is a kind of candle. They illuminate the temples.

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    This was one of the most impressive temples I've visited.

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Upon your arrival at the Todai-ji Temple in Nara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you are overcome by the architecture, which reflects the T'ang dynasty's desire to use Buddhism for political purposes. Walking through the Great Buddha Hall (Daibutsuden), you learn that not only is it the largest wooden building in the world, but it is home to the world's largest bronze Vairocana statue, renowned not just for its size but for its attention to detail; in particular, the breathtaking detail on the lotus leaves at the bottom. Not only is this a historic site, but it is also a functioning Buddhist temple, so you can attend services on your trip. Additionally, you can experience a beautiful view of Nara here and feed the local deer (shika).

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4.5 out of 5
15 members' reviews
340 people visited Todai-ji Temple
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