|Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area
|1-1 Horyujisannai Ikarugacyo Ikomagun Nara Prefecture
There are around 48 Buddhist monuments in the Horyu-ji area in Nara Prefecture. Several date from 7th century making them some of the oldest surviving wooden structures in the world.
Chief among them is Horyuji temple, founded by Prince Shotoku who is attributed with having introduced Buddhism to Japan. In its Western Precinct (Saiin Garan) are the main hall, five-storied pagoda and central gate all dating from the 7th century. Next to it is newly constructed Daihozoin, a hall which exhibits part of the temple’s art collection. The Eastern Precinct (Toin Garan) features the Yumedono, the hall of visions.
These masterpieces of wooden architecture are important not only for the history of art, since they illustrate the adaptation of Chinese Buddhist architecture and layout to Japanese culture, but also for the history of religion since their construction coincided with the introduction of Buddhism to Japan by way of the Korean peninsula. For these reasons Horyuji was designated a World Heritage site in 1993
Horyuji was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1993. Unlike many other historic attractions in Japan, Horyuji is wheelchair accessible and provides pamphlets in various foreign languages.
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