The small walled temple Hokki-ji near Nara was founded in 638 as last wish of Prince Shotoku to convert his palace into a Buddhist temple. The three-story pagoda built in 706 is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of the architecture of the period and one of the oldest wooden structures in the world.

Three-story Pagoda of Hokki-ji::Hokki-ji in Nara, Japan::
Three-story Pagoda of Hokki-ji

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