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... the building was once 50% bigger! It was built in 1709 in its current form. There is also a giant wood gate entering the temple area. Apparently the temple used to have two pagodas flanking the building that were 100 meters tall! So there you have it! We stopped for a late lunch of hot pot in a funny 70s restaurant, and then made our way to Osaka. We have done 8.9 miles so far ...
January 21, 2014
Today we went on a tour to Angkor Thom and
Angkor wat. We went on top of a pyramid shaped tower and when we were climbing
up the stairs we thought that was steep but the stone original stairs were even
We took a couple pics and there's one pic
of me up at the top. And going down was
even harder (especially ...
... to my destination for the day, Nara. About an hour's train ride from Kyoto is the town of Nara. It was established in 710 and was Japan's first permanent capital. The Buddhist monasteries grew so powerful and began to exert so much political influence on the government that they became a serious threat to the government. So, the capital was moved from Nara (then called Heijo) to Nagaoka in 784. But, because it was the original capital, there are many historic ...
... businessmen all in the same place. We treated ourselves to some tempura and buckwheat noodles for dinner.
Kyoto- 27th March 2013
First attraction for the day Nijo castle of world heritage fame where we ate breakfast on the fortress wall towers.Very pretty wooden architecture but somewhat dull in comparison to Korea`s colours (we will pop up photos as soon as asian hostel technology allows). For some more colours, in particular orange, we jumped on the train to ...
... the next temple, which in hindsight was an error. We saw some great stuff, but when its really cold, your backpack is full of flipflops and suncream for the Aussie summer and you don't really know where you're going, any remaining sense of humour wears thin. We get to the next temple at 5ish, Hein Jingu, supposedly a national treasure. It was stunning with large red wooden shrines and grandiose archways, our short stay ...