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This temple in Nara is one of the most renowned and earliest founded in Japan.
The East Pagoda is undergoing a decade-long renovation (beginning January 2011). During this period it will be veiled by scaffolding. Sorry.
Top 4 structures
Main Hall (Kondo)
East Pagoda (Toto)
East Hall (Toindo)
West Pagoda (Saito)
The celebrated Yakushi Triad statuary is in the Main Hall.
Nearly all the Yakushi-ji Temple structures are relatively new. They were rebuilt from the ground up in the last half century. The originals had been destroyed by fire, earthquakes, or warfare at various times. There are two major exceptions:
This striking pagoda has been standing since the 8th century.
It was last reconstructed 750 years ago.
History in brief
The 7th-century Emperor Temmu conceived the idea, but the site was built after his death by the Empress Jito. This was one in the town near Nara. Two decades later the buildings were disassembled then reassembled in Nara, their present location.
Location in Japan