"Todaiji's main hall, the Daibutsuden (大仏殿, "Big Buddha Hall") was the world's largest wooden building until 1998. The present reconstruction (1692) is only two thirds of the original temple hall's size. The massive building houses one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu). The 15 meters tall, seated Buddha represents Vairocana and is flanked by two Bodhisattvas." --- Japan Guide
|The current building was finished in 1709, |
and although immense—57 m long and 50 m wide—
it is actually 30% smaller than its predecessor.
A national treasure of Japan
|A scaled replica of the former Todai-ji Temple|
This project nearly bankrupted Japan's economy, consuming most of the available bronze of the time.
|A lot of people were rubbing / touching this statue|
They say your pain will go away by touching the respective spots of the statue
There seems to be even more deer gathered around the Todai-ji Temple - probably because there are more tourist with deer snacks here :)
The roast yam smelled so good! I resisted since I am going to have my lunch then... it's quite expensive anyway!