The Iconic Resplendence of the Todai-ji Temple
The Todai-ji temple in Japan is an iconic World Heritage Site in Asia and is most notable for housing the world's largest bronze Buddha statue. The Daibutsu-den, which houses the colossal statue, has the reputation for being the largest wooden building in the world and has a ceiling height of 157 feet. The gilded bronze statue stands approximately 15 feet tall. The temple, which is located in the Nara prefecture of Japan, was built in 743, at a time when Buddhism was at its peak and was the predominant religion in the country. Apart from its priceless bronze statue, the ancient buildings and storehouses on the campus house many valuable cultural artifacts. Most of the Buddhist statues and works of art that are displayed are regarded as National Treasures. Out of all the storage buildings, the Shosoin is the most important repository of them. More than 9000 heritage artifacts and objects dating back to the 8th and 9th century BC are stored here. The acrylic fridge magnet features a solemn image of one of the prime relics of the temple and is a souvenir to treasure for life.
Brief History of the Daibutsu
The Daibutsu-den, which houses the world's largest bronze Buddha statue, was built as early as 749. The statue has been renovated and repaired several times over the centuries due to effects of war and natural activities. Hence, although the statue was built in the 8th century, most of the upper body including the head was replaced during the 12 century. The statue stood unprotected for an entire century after the Daibutsu-den was burnt down during the 16th century. Its current incarnation was built on a much smaller scale in 1709 and looks just as impressive.