Daibu Dilapidated Temple Pagoda Ruins
The cornerstones of the pagoda ruins found at the Daibu Dilapidated Temple (thought to have been built at the beginning of the Nara Era, or early eighth century) have been almost perfectly preserved. The pillar holes in the large cornerstones that supported the pagoda’s central column have a diameter of 80 centimeters (about 31.5 inches), while the pagoda itself is estimated to have been a three-story structure greater than 30 meters (98 feet) tall! The pillar holes also have two drainage channels that are thought to have prevented water from building up.
In a recent survey of the ruins, the temple was verified to have extended for roughly 94 meters (308 feet) north to south and roughly 102 meters (335 feet) east to west, suggesting that it had a large-scale monastery. Incidentally, lotus flower patterend eaves-end and flat eaves-end tiles from the Korean kingdoms of Silla and Baekje have been unearthed near the pagoda ruins.
About the Ruins: Government-Designated Historical Asset; built in the early Nara Period (eighth century).
Tours: Available daily.
|Address||820-0712 718 Tosho, Daibu-ji, Izuka City, Fukuoka|
Chikuho Community Center
|Access||By train – 10 minute walk from JR Chikuzen Daibu Station.|
|Genre||Ancient Burial Mounds and Ruins (History and Culture)|
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