19. 10. 2014.

UNESCO - Historic Monuments Of Ancient Nara, Japan

Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784. During this period the framework of national government was consolidated and Nara enjoyed great prosperity, emerging as the fountainhead of Japanese culture. The property includes eight component parts composed of seventy-eight different buildings covering 617.0 ha, which is surrounded by a buffer zone (1,962.5 ha) and the “historic environment harmonization area (539.0 ha)”.
Because of this I am sure I'll never be able to collect the full list - 78 is a big number! - but I am very happy to have these beautiful postcards to represent Nara, received through different channels, showing two of the five Buddhist temples at the site.

First postcard is actually about the pagodas of the Yakushi-ji temple; whereas the main picture is of Saitō (West Pagoda) the stamp is of the East Pagoda which is the only original 8th-century structure at the temple, and is often called "Frozen music" for its beauty. Thank you for yet another great postcard Ai :)

Tōdai-ji is another Buddhist temple complex in Nara - this picture shows The Great Buddha Hall - the largest wooden building in the world. It houses the largest bronze Buddha statue - look down!
Thank you kyoto348! The stamps are really interesting, to say the least ;)


This view came via official postcrossing, yay! The most famous Daibutsus (or giant Buddha sculptures) in Nara is actually the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, with the hight of 14.98m. Thank you Yoko/conejo, and for the funny Hello Kitty stamp :)

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