Daibutsuden
Daibutsuden
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CanuckJames
Nishinomiya, Japan1,526 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This should be merged with the Todaiji Temple listing.

This is the primary attraction at Todaiji Temple.

Comparing to other great Buddha statues, this one is just alright. It is still impressive, worthy of the Unesco World Heritage site status but it lacks the awe of some of the other statues in the world.

Considering the age, size and when it was built, it is well worth a visit to see it once.

During this Coronavirus Pandemic and subsequent restriction of foreign visitors to Japan, there were very few visitors. With no queues, the whole visit took about 40 minutes.

Worth one visit in a lifetime.
Written 21 October 2020
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Geeess
Rome, Italy2,196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is the iconic and best part of Nara!The Great Buddha Hall is the Main Hall (kondō) of Tōdai-ji. Built first in the Nara period it has been destroyed twice by fire in 1180 and again in 1567. The present structure, dating to the Edo period.The Daibutsu is properly known as Vairocana Buddha, the Buddha the light of whose knowledge and compassion is widely known
On the lotus petals on the base of the Great Buddha are engravings of the World of the Lotus Treasury (Rengezō sekai), pictorial representations of the “world of enlightenment” described in the sutra. They are beautiful representations of the notion that each individual is not an isolated existence, but that all phenomena have limitless connections and dimensions and that the entire universe is enveloped in the light of Vairocana’s wisdom.
Written 9 February 2020
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TravelingCat22
Tucson, AZ2,406 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The principal attraction of the Todai-ji temple. People turn around the big Buddha clock-wise. The first thing we see is a big golden piece and I did not know what it was until later: the end of a roof. Kids try to fit through a big pole, the size of Buddha's nostril - for good luck.
Written 9 February 2020
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The largest wooden structure in the world and accommodated the 15 meter high buddha inside the main hall of Daibutsuden. Entry fee required and recommended.
Written 8 December 2019
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Jesdaa P
Bangkok, Thailand165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
It is the world's largest wooden building for the Daibutsu which is Japan’s largest at 15 meters high and made of copper and bronze, weighs 250 tons and stands 30 meters tall. His intricate hairstyle is made of 966 bronze balls. The Daibutsuden that stands today dates for the most part from 1709 and is two-thirds the size of the original. Don't miss a small, square hole in the base of one of the temple’s great wooden pillars, the so-called “nostril” is said to grant a degree of enlightenment in the next life to any worshipper who can fit through it.
Written 19 November 2019
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geelongexpat
Melbourne, Australia1,045 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
I liked this temple. It’s a shame the Buddha statues were behind a mesh screen. The deer are friendly around here too.
Written 12 November 2019
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mWrite
Helsinki, Finland1,367 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Tōdai-ji temple aka The Great Buddha Hall was built first time in the Nara period, and burnt twice in 1180 and in 1567. Original temple was 11 bays (column) wide, currently it is 7 bays wide, so it is now ca 50x57m. It is 48,7m tall (high) making it the largest wooden structure in the world.
Inside the hall the Buddha statue sits surrounded by lotus petals on the base, which have pictorial representations of the “world of enlightenment” from sutra. Behind the Buddha statue there is a model of the temple, how it has looked at old times.
The Octagonal Lantern in front of the temple is original, making some 2000 years old. There is some buddhist text on it.
Written 9 October 2019
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,946 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Daibutsu means Big Buddha and Den means place so we essentially are talking about the Todai-ji Temple which is one of the biggest and most impressive in Japan. The Buddha itself is also very impressive.
Written 20 September 2019
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adalbert3
Newport Beach, CA5,335 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Strikingly large wooden building (one of the largest in the world) with the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. The pair of guardians (Komokuten and Tamon-ten) are quite imposing as are Nyoirin-kannon and Kokuuzo-bosatsu. One cannot help but be impressed with the size of the building itself. There is a wooden column that if you crawl through you get good luck or reach enlightenment (some even feel it is entrance to heaven). This is the Main Hall of the Todai-ji Temple complex---which also includes other impressive sights---the Great South Gate (Nandaimon), the Belfry and the Hall of the Second Month (Nigatsudo Hall). This is a must see. Check out my photos for more details,
Written 17 August 2019
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,868 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
I just could not believe the size of the Great Buddha upon entering the temple. No amount of pre reading can prepare you! It is 16m tall and weighs 437 tonnes. It is beautifully ornate and flanked by incredibly ornate statues guarding him. As you walk around till only really get to appreciate its size when you see it from the side.
At 600 yen to go in it is cheap at the price. A truly amazing sight.
Written 25 June 2019
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