Spotlight: Horyuji Temple (built in 607 A.D. in Japan) – oldest existing wooden building


Widely acknowledged as the oldest wooden building existing in the world, the Horyuji is a Buddhist temple in Nara Prefecture, Japan serving as both a seminary and monastery. The temple was dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai—the Buddha of healing.

The treasures of the temple are considered to be a time capsule of Buddhist art from the sixth and seventh century. Much of the frescoes, statues, and other pieces of art within the temple, as well as the architecture of the temple’s buildings themselves show the strong cultural influence from China, Korea and India and demonstrated the international connection of the countries of East Asia.

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