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Horyuji, in Nara, was established in the 7th century by Prince Shotoku, the founder of Buddhism in Japan. Horyuji is a World Heritage Site which has a collection of the oldest wooden buildings in the world, and a superb collection of Buddhist statues. The five-storey pagoda (Gojo-no-To) dates from the mid-6th to the beginning of the 8th century.

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