Horyuji Temple

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Nara Horyuji Temple | One of Seven Great Temple with Oldest Pagoda

Nara Horyuji Temple | One of Seven Great Temple with Oldest Pagoda

Horyuji Temple, formerly Hōryū Gakumonji, was founded in 607 by Prince Shotoku. Horyuji is one of the oldest temples in Japan and was considered one of the Seven Great Temples. The temple's five story pagoda is acknowledged as one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world, its wood having been estimated to date back to 594. Unfortunately, the pagoda is not open for the public to climb up. Horyuji Temple was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

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