My Photo Adventure

Nara- Visit to Kofukuji & Todaiji Temples


Nara is a short train ride away from Osaka. Vague memories of free roaming deers was really what I best remembered Nara for. I wasn’t disappointed. There were plenty of them walking around and approaching visitors for food. In the first temple I visited in Nara, Kofukuji, there were many. This particular temple was once the property of a powerful clan in ancient Japan. The 5-storey Pagoda with a height of 50m, is the country’s second tallest. At the time of visit, Kofukuji’s main Golden Central Hall is still undergoing renovations up till 2018.

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A monk's casual stroll across the grounds

A monk’s casual stroll across the grounds

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Further away and reachable on foot, was the Unesco World Heritage site, Todaiji Temple. This aptly named “Great Eastern Temple” is a historically significant and famous landmark of Nara. It was originally constructed in year 752.

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Walking towards the gateway of Todaiji

 

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I found this deer resting under the nice warm sunshine, as if it was guarding the gateway into the main Todaiji Hall

Looking towards the main hall Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) where it also enjoys the status of the world's largest wooden structure

Looking towards the main hall Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) where it also enjoys the status of the world’s largest wooden structure

Simply breathtaking.

 

 

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