Tokyo, March 02: After its first renovation in more than 100 years, Japan's most famous Buddhist temple pagoda was partially opened to the public on March 1, 2021. The temple is listed as a World Heritage Site in Nara.
Priests of the temple chanted as the first-floor door of the three-story pagoda was opened at around 8:30 a.m. The ceremony to celebrate its renovation has been postponed with the date yet to be decided, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The temple was first constructed over 1,300 years ago in the Nara period by Empress Komyo. The 50.1-meter-tall pagoda was built in 730 in the Nara period by Empress Komyo. The structure has been burned down and rebuilt five times and the existing pagoda was completed around 1426 in the Muromachi period. The three-story structure appears to have six roofs of alternating sizes, which have been described as “frozen music,” according to the temple.