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Yakushi-ji Temple

One of the Seven Great Temples of Nanto

Yakushi-ji Temple is one of the most famous imperial and ancient Buddhist Temples in Japan, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site under the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara". Commissioned by Emperor Tenmu during the Asuka period in 680 AD, it was built to pray for the recovery of his consort who was suffering from an illness. Interestingly, this act of building temples in devotion to Buddhist figures was commonplace among Japanese nobility in the early years when Buddhism first spread from China and Korea.

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