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Todai-ji Temple

The Eastern Great Temple in Nara

Famed for its Great Buddha Hall, the world's largest wooden building that also houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha, the Todai-ji Temple or Eastern Great Temple is a historic landmark of Nara ever since its construction in 752 AD. As the head temple of all provincial temples in Japan, it played a pivotal role in the country and was once so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka to lower the temple's influence.

Credits: Richie Chan