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“Towering pagoda”
Review of Kofuku-ji Temple

Kofuku-ji Temple
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Ranked #7 of 186 things to do in Nara
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“Towering pagoda”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

To many visitors, Kofukuji temple is the first big attraction you hit in Nara. While construction work is currently going on at the main hall, there are other structures around the temple complex. The towering pagoda is distinct and ancient, built a very long time ago. People were queuing at booths to have calligraphers write down messages on paper, presumably these were prayer notes or souvenirs.

Visited May 2013
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Stunning Pagoda”
Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

Went to Nara from Osaka and spent a day there, it's very much worthed. Even during train trip from Osaka, we saw beautiful green forest and landscape. So many traditional houses along the way. Reached JR Nara, then took 20 min walk to this temple. A lot of restaurant along the walk path, also many souvenirs stores. Got to the temple area, we took the stairs up and saw beautiful stunning Pagoda. Should come to Nara and experienced another good side of Japan.

Visited May 2013
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“5 Story Pagoda !!! Great Architecture”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Kofukuji's pagoda is both a landmark and symbol of Nara. The 5 story pagoda and the octagonal temple are a wonderful sight to see.The five story pagoda is Japan's second tallest.
The Central Golden Hall is presently being reconstructed and scheduled to be completed in October 2018. Further reconstruction works around the hall are planned to continue until 2023. Despite the construction works, a visit to Kofukuji is still recommended.
Kofukuji is a five minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station, or a 20 minute walk from JR Nara Station.


Visited April 2013
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Sagamihara, Japan
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“Amazing museum”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Part of this is under construction, but two of the buildings hold 100's of beautiful Buddhist artifacts, carvings and statues, some dated to the 6th century. A must see in Nara.

Visited April 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“A very old temple”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

As a world heritage building, it is really old. Apart from that, nothing much to look forward to. Not really recommended to worth a walk when there is time.

Highlight was seeing an elderly man paint a portrait of the pagoda. Amazing!

Visited March 2013
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