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Yakushi-ji 薬師寺

The central building of Yakushi-ji is the main hall or kondo. It is flanked by a pagoda on the east and west sides. The pagoda on the left is the only remaining structure dating back to the seventh century. Typical of kondo design, it faces the chu-mon (middle gate), making this the rear of the main hall.


Located near Nishinokyo station in Nara, Japan, Yakushi-ji is the head temple of the Hosso sect of Buddhism. It was commissioned in 680 and later moved from its original location in Asuka to Nara after the imperial court made the same move. Almost all of the original structures have been destroyed and rebuild. The one exception is the east pagoda. The layout is also of note--this type of arrangement is called "Yakushi-ji style."


Yakushi-ji. Nishinokyo-cho, Nara.

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Taken on March 24, 2009