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Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 7-8th century
Date of Inscription: 1993
Location: Asia, Japan, Nara Prefecture
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Description: In the Horyu-ji area (Nara Prefecture) there are around 48 Buddhist monuments. They are some of the world’s oldest surviving wooden buildings, a number of them dating from the late 7th or early 8th century. Not only important for the history of art, as they demonstrate the acclimatization of Chinese Buddhist architecture and layout to Japanese culture, these masterpieces of wooden architecture are also significant for the history of religion, seeing as their construction corresponded with the introduction of Buddhism to Japan, arriving from China through the Korean peninsula. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Hōryū-ji (法隆寺, lit. Temple of the Flourishing Law?) is a Buddhist temple in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, Japan. Its full name is Hōryū Gakumonji (法隆学問寺), or Learning Temple of the Flourishing Law, named as such because the site serves as a seminary as well as a monastery. The temple is widely acknowledged to have some of the oldest wooden buildings existing in the world, and is one of the most celebrated temples in Japan. In 1993, Hōryū-ji was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Japanese government lists it as a National Treasure. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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