Japan - Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area

"There are around 48 Buddhist monuments in the Horyu-ji area, in Nara Prefecture. Several date from the late 7th or early 8th century, making them some of the oldest surviving wooden buildings in the world. These masterpieces of wooden architecture are important not only for the history of art, since they illustrate the adaptation of Chinese Buddhist architecture and layout to Japanese culture, but also for the history of religion, since their construction coincided with the introduction of Buddhism to Japan from China by way of the Korean peninsula.” 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

There are a variety of buildings found in Hōryū-ji and Hokki-ji in Nara Prefecture, Japan.

Postcard 1 - Hokki-ji
Hokki-ji Temple built by Shotoku Taishi. Thanks to Kenji-san of Japan.

Postcard 2 - Horyu-ji
A nice postcard of Horyu Ji Temple in Nara with matching Horyu Ji Temple stamp used. Thanks so much to Kyoko of Japan.

Postcard 3
Painting in Horyu-ji. Thanks to Kayu of Japan.

Postcard 4
Chumon Gate (Asuka Period), Horyu-ji. Thanks to Phoebe of Hong Kong for mailing this from Horyu-ji, Japan.

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