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Kohfukuji Temple

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The Northern Round Hall(National Treasure)

Colored leaves of Kohfukuji Temple are very bright and beautiful.

Following the death of the founding patron of Kohfukuji Temple,Fujiwara no Fuhito,in the year 720,Retired Female Emperor Genmei and Female Emperor Genshi jointly commissioned Prince Negaya to construct a memorial chapel theat would eventually become known as the Northern Round Hall.The original hall was consecrated on the 3rd day of the 8th month of the year 721 as part of the rites commemorating the first anniversary of Fuhito’s death.Its octagonal strusture was the result of recreating the round structure of a Buddhist stupa using wooden architecture, and denoted its statues as a mausoleum or memorial hall.After the original building was lost to fine in 1049, it was quickly rebuilt, only to be destroyed once again during the “Burning of the Southern Capital” by the troops under Taira no Shigehira in 1181.


The Five-Storied Pagoda(National Treasure)

The five-storied pagoda was originally erected in 730 by Empress Komyo, the daughter of Kohfukuji’s founding patron,Fujiwara no Fuhito. Over is long history, the building burned down a total of five times ,with the current reconstruction dating to around the year 1426.At a total height of 50.1 meters, it is the second tallest wooden pagoda in Japan today.Famous for its deep eaves, the structure structure successfully blends referendes to Nara-period architecture with the dynamic architectural style of the medieval period.




The Three-Stiried Pagoda(National Treasure)

The three-storied pagoda was originally built in 1143 at the behest of Fujiwara no Kiyoko(better known as Kokamon’in), the consort of Emperor Sutoku.The present building was erected shortly after the destruction of the temple complex in 1181, making it one of the oldest two structures at Kohfukuji today(the other being the Northern Round Hall).

Rising to a total height of 19 meters, it is famous for its airy and graceful appearance, which ,makes it an outstanding example of Heian-period Buddhist architecture.

The Kohfukuji Temple

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