Todai-ji Daibutsu-den

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406-1 Zoushi-cho, Nara, Japan

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tlenot tlenot
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The Great Buddha of Nara Oct 29, 2014
We took the train from Kyoto to Nara. This is pretty much an all day trip with all the things to see in Nara. We did manage to get back in time to also check out Fushimi-Inari Taisha (Shrine), but due to time constrain we couldn't climbed all the way to the top which I wanted to do. First you'll pass the deer park with all the domestic deers. You can buy crackers to feed them. The temple is extremely big itself and beautiful. As you enter you, you see the great buddha. It is very impressive to say the least. In the temple you also learn a bit of history, see other relics, model of the temple, and souvenirs shop. Overall everything in Nara makes it a worthy trip.
Domestic deer in Nara.
Gate to the Temple.
Great Buddha
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ys484 ys484
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The Great Buddha at Nara May 04, 2013
When people hear the place name of Nara, everyone recalls The Great Buddha of Todaiji temple. Emperor Shomu built this temple in 8th century to hold a memorial service for his son who died quite young. I was overwhelmed by the huge Great Buddha Hall and the gigantic bronze statue of Vairocana. The back of this statue is also interesting. The fires of war destroyed some buildings of Todaiji during Kamakura and Edo Era twice, but people had raised money toward those reconstructions. The premises of Todaiji is very large. I could see a panoramic view of Nara from Nigatsu-do.
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joehobo says:
Interesting.. ;)
Posted on: Jan 08, 2014
Travel2014 says:
Would like to visit here!
Posted on: Jan 04, 2014
spocklogic says:
It's an impressive temple from the outside (it's just plain big), but the Buddha's inside are even more impressive!
Posted on: Jan 04, 2014
tj1777 tj1777
378 reviews
Todai-ji Daibutsu-den Jul 17, 2009
The main attraction of Nara is the giant Daibutsu-den. Just walking into the huge Todai-ji complex is impressive but walking in to the inner building of Daibutsu-den is a quite unique experience. The building is not just big - it is huge - and it is the biggest wooden building in the world. It is almost impossible to comprehend it is smaller than the original building - but the current building from 1709 is only two thirds of the original size.

Inside the building is a giant Buddha cast in bronze - it is over 16 meters tall and is made of 437 tons of bronze and no less than 130 kilos of gold.

Around the building are a couple of smaller wooden statues which would be impressive in their own right if they were not completely overshadowed by the giant Buddha. You can circle around the Buddha so you can see it both from the front and the back and when you are at the back of the Buddha there’s a column with a hole in it. The hole is the exact same size as the nostrils of the Buddha and apparently you should be able to achieve enlightenment if you can squeeze through the hole. Unfortunately the hole is a bit small and it is best suited for children and tiny Asians while Europeans will have a harder time getting through the hole.
Biggest wooden building in the wor…
The big Buddha
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wandafromtexas says:
seems like one more for the bucket list!
Posted on: Dec 28, 2013
inkie1010 says:
This place is impressive! The highlight of Nara :)
Posted on: Nov 12, 2009
tj1777 says:
allways good to have a reason to go to a place like this.
Posted on: Aug 19, 2009

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