The legacy of the Great Buddha and the Todai-ji itself are reflections of Japan's admiration of the T'ang dynasty. ... More
The legacy of the Great Buddha and the Todai-ji itself are reflections of Japan's admiration of the T'ang dynasty. During the Nara era, the state used Buddhism to make a power statement. The Great Buddha Hall (Daibutsu-den) is renowned as the world's biggest wooden building, and the Buddha statue is known to be the world's biggest bronze statue of the great sage. Emperor Shomu attended an opening ceremony in 752 (before gold was put on the Buddha), although another thirty years were spent to complete all the structures in the sprawling temple complex. Todai-ji was twice the victim of major fires and therefore the extant buildings date to 1692.
The big buddha here is the star attraction, and it is certainly spectacular. Check out the details on the lotus leaves beneath the buddha.
Be sure to also visit Nigetsudo to the side on the hill. This is the place for a nice vista of Nara and well-worth the short hike. The road to the hall is lined with markers commemorating various donations from the faithful. Many of these date from pre-WW 2 when 200 or 300 Yen meant a small fortune.
It's the most crowded place in Nara.. only 37mil city.
please figure out how big the acient emperor's heritage and feel the calmness of Buddha.
There will be the Annual exhibition of Shosoin treasures in Nara national museum from Oct.24th to Nov. 12th.
This is a don't miss under any circumstance type of place. Surrounded by lush green grass, a beautiful pond, and wonderful tame Deer (Shika) you will see Daibutsuden hall the worlds largest wooden structure. A great lantern stands out in front of the entrance and if all of that is not enough for you to visit once you enter the hall you will be in a state of awe at the site of the massive Buddha statue that dominates the Temple. The Buddha at almost 49' in height is spectacular. Each finger of Buddha is roughly equal to the size of a person!
This is a very busy temple and you will probably see many tour groups coming and going. Take a few minutes to by some "Cookies" and feed the local Deer. They will know as soon as you purchase the cookies and come to you for a treat. Lot's of great photo opportunities for those who are so inclined.
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