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Friday, 10 April 2009

Kamakura: Daibutsu

The Kamakura Daibutsu (The Great Buddha) is one of the national treasures of Japan. It used to be a bronze statue in the Kotoku-in Temple completed in 1252. The temple building was washed away by a tsunami in 1495 and the Amida Buddha has been sitting in the open air since then.

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Sitting at a height of 13.35m, it is the second largest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. The largest is the one in Todaiji of Nara.

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Although its stature is not as high as the one in Nara, it is always regarded as having better craftsmanship than its peer in Nara.

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Visitors are allowed to enter the hollow core of the statue by paying a small token to the donation box at the entrance.

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Daibutsu is also a site not to be missed by school children on an educational tour to Kamakura.

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3 comments:

Ah Tee' said...

Ah Heer!
You have set your post with very high contrast, I mean this post comparing to the previous post!

Hehe!! (^0^)(")

CK-II said...

Don't be naughty, Ah Tee'! *holding a cane in my hand* :D

Mojo said...

Definitely looks like a must-see on any trip to that part of the world. There's something very symbolic about the building being destroyed, but the statue remaining serenely undisturbed. Fascinating story.

Okay, now I gotta get to the next post down. Sounds like it's my kinda thing from the conversation above.

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