This is the Asuka Daibutsu. While much smaller than the Daibutsu in the Todaiji, it is much older (built in the early seventh century). Also unlike the Todaiji Daibutsu, this one is the same statue. It has never been broken or repaired. The guide told us all about this statue and said that it has been in the exact same location for over 1000 years! The building hasn’t always been there and so for a time the Great Buddha was battered by the elements, but it has always been worshiped.

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