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Nara's most famous temple was founded in 728 AD by the Emperor Shoumu. Visitors enter through the impressive Nandai-mon (Southern Gate) guarded by two huge and scary looking gods. Beyond is the massive Daibutsu-den (Great Buddha Hall) said to be the largest wooden building in the world.
Inside is another record-breaker - the largest bronze statue in Japan. The Buddha is a whopping 15 metres high. The statue was completed in 752 when the eyes were painted in at a ceremony attended by dignitaries from as far afield as China and India.
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