Nandaimon Gate of Tōdaiji Temple
(courtesy of the tourist association of Nara City)

Nandaimon Gate of Tōdaiji Temple

The gate is located in front of Daibutsuden Hall of Tōdaiji Temple. The original one was destroyed by strong winds in 962, and the present day gate was rebuilt in 1199. The present day gate that was built on the foundation built in the Nara Period (710 – 794) is famous for its Daibutsuyō style (also called “Tenjikuyō”) that Chōgen (1121 – 1206), a priest who made efforts to restore Tōdaiji Temple, conveyed from Song (China). In 1203, Unkei (? – 1223) and Kaikei (date of birth and death unknown), craftsmen of Buddha statues, made the Niōzō Statue (Kongōrikishizō Statue).