The Horyu-ji area contains about 48 Buddhist monuments that are preserved, dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries.

Prince Shotoku Taishi, who was officially the first Buddhist patron, built the main temple in 607 A.D. These monuments are some of the most ancient wooden buildings that have survived to this day.

Inside of the two main temples, a few hundred treasures are held. The area is a complex of buildings with ancient architecture, displaying the unique culture that this area had near the Silk Road. Visitors will see some remarkable, life-like statues and great architecture that was created and built long ago.

WHY SPECIAL

2 sites in this World Heritage

  • Horyu-ji Area
  • Hokki-ji Area

Horyu-ji Area

Hokki-ji Area

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