Horyu-ji Temple’s pagoda lays a strong claim to being the oldest wooden building not just in Japan, but in the world.
The record shows that most of the buildings in Horyuji-Temple were burned down in 607, but by 711 the pagoda was rebuilt and has been there since. The temple was approved to be Japan’s first World Heritage Site in 1993.
When I visited it yesterday, there weren’t too many people. What a difference from the huge crowd I encountered in Kyoto! What a privilege to enjoy quietness when facing the graceful structure that is over 1,300 years old!