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Todai-ji Temple, Nara

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A World Heritage Site dating back to 728 CE, Todai-ji Temple has served as a central Buddhist temple complex known for its administrative control over provincial temples. Today, it remains a pilgrimage and ritual site for international Buddhism. The main hall, a massive wooden building, contains a 15 m (49.2 ft) bronze statue of the Buddha flanked by bodhisattvas. Check out the onsite museum, which features rotating displays of the temple's collection of religious art and cultural artifacts. Try not to scare the deer roaming the temple grounds, as Shintoism considers them godly messengers. Planning Nara trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • Declared a World Heritage Site. The giant Buddha Buddha reigns in the great hall,"the Buddha that shines throughout the world like the sun." It's a must-see in Nara.
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  • It is Todaiji temple of the dog. A lot of people came. There are a lot of foreigners, too. You come to the Great Buddha! I'm surprised. I'm sorry, i'm a great buddha. Thank you for accepting this wand (^ω^ )
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  • This shrine is totally amazing and historical. The employees are wonderful and keep everything well maintained. The entry fee is reasonable and worth the upkeep of the entire facility. The gift shops are also great and have many selections. The deer walking around is a treat also. Just be careful as they bite your clothes looking for biscuits.
  • It was great. Why 3 stars? The crowd was a little too much for me. I recommend coming in a little early to enjoy it. Otherwise of course, there will be a lot of tourist around. It beautiful!
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