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Several of the world's oldest surviving wooden buildings reside in this renowned Buddhist site in Ikaruga (near Nara and Kyoto). They date back to the 7th century.
Kondo (main hall)
It's home to the esteemed Shaka Triad. Regrettably, a 1949 work-project fire destroyed many precious ancient wall paintings. They had to be replaced with reproductions.
Goju-n-tou> (five-story pagoda)
This wooden structure is photogenic. It stands as high as a modern 10-story building, which is remarkable considering that the pagoda was built 1,300 years ago.
Yumedono (hall of dreams)
This octagonal structure (see photo above) houses the famous 7th-century Guze Kannon statue. It's on public view for only about 30 days in the spring and then again in the fall.
Horyu-ji Temple played a major role in the spread of Buddhism in Japan.
Horyu-ji Temple is near Nara city. It's also close enough to Kyoto for a day trip.
Location in Japan