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The Golden Hall (kondō), a National Treasure
Basic information
Location13-46 Gojō-chō, Nara, Nara Prefecture
DeityRushana-butsu (Vairocana)
Architectural description
FounderJianzhen (Ganjin)
Lecture Hall

Tōshōdai-ji (唐招提寺) is a Buddhist temple of the Risshū sect in the city of Nara, in Nara Prefecture, Japan. The Classic Golden Hall, also known as the kondō, has a single story, hipped tiled roof with a seven bay wide facade. It is considered the archetype of "classical style."

It was founded in 759 by the Tang dynasty Chinese monk Jianzhen during the Nara period. Jianzhen was hired by the newly empowered clans to travel in search of funding from private aristocrats as well.

Tōshōdai-ji is one of the places in Nara that UNESCO has designated as World Heritage Site "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara".

A reflection written by Yan Wenjing on the hope for friendly Sino-Japanese relations describing the author's discovery of Lotus flowers imported from China which had been planted around the portrait of Jianzhen in the Tōshōdai-ji is included as one of the oral assessment passages on the Putonghua Proficiency Test.[1]

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  1. ^ 普通话水平测试实施纲要. Putonghua Shuiping Ceshi Gangyao. 北京. Beijing: 商务印书馆. The Commercial Press. 2004. p. 380-381. ISBN 7-100-03996-7.

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Coordinates: 34°40′32.11″N 135°47′5.40″E / 34.6755861°N 135.7848333°E / 34.6755861; 135.7848333