Spotlight on Nara, Japan


              Nara, Japan, is another ancient Capital, founded in 710 A.D. Nara Park (Nara Koen) contains many of the city’s most significant sights. Among them are the Todaiji Temple Complex, with its Daibutsu-den (Hall of the Great Buddha), the largest wooden building in the world, that houses the Daibutsu, a huge (18 meter/53 feet tall) bronze statue of the Buddha, Kasuga Taisha, with several thousand stone lanterns leading to it, and Kofukuji, with its five-story pagoda.

            In the western part of the city, be sure to check out Horyuji, which dates to 607 A.D. and Yakushiji, whose asymmetry has become noteworthy.


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