|Name||東大寺金堂(大仏殿) / Todai-ji Temple Kon-do|
|Adress||Zoshicho406-1, Nara-shi, Nara 630-8211|
8:00-16:30 (11 Monday-February)
7:30-17:30 (4 Monday-September)
Adult 500 yen
University 500 yen
High school 500 yen
Junior high school 500 yen
Elementary school 300 yen
more than 30 people more discount
World Heritage. at the behest of building of the Emperor Shomu who advanced nation building in the Buddhist center in 741.
The construction of the Great Buddha was an immense national effort taking three years and in the year 752, a grand opening ceremony was held. Although In 1180 the majority of the temple was destroyed due to arson, restoration work took place aided by the solicitations of the monk Chogen. However it was burnt down in the fires of war in 1567.
The majority of the temple we see today is a product of restoration work that has been carried out since the 17th century.
Within the grounds lies the Great Buddha Hall, the largest wooden structure in the world, in which is enshrined the world’s largest gilt bronze Buddhist statue, the Rushanabutsu or the Buddha Vairocana, known around the world as The Great Buddha of Nara.
In addition to this, beginning with Tengai Gate (a National Treasure), there are many other famous monuments which represent the restoration work carried out from the 12th to 13th centuries including the Nandaimon Gate, the bell tower, the Hokke-do hall and the Nigatsu-do hall (all of which are National Treasures). Further, Todai-ji Temple allows the viewing of a number of preeminent Buddhist statues representative of the 8th and 13th centuries including the Four devas in Kaidando (ordination hall) and Kongo Rikishi at the Nandaimon Gate and this is one of its charms.