Saturday, October 16, 2021

Kurume Naritasan Mahabodhi Temple


Readers of my recent post on the Giant Kannon Statue in Kurume will have noticed the appearance of a distinctly Indian-looking building. 

This is a representation of the Mahabodhi Temple in India, built on the site of where the historical Buddha reached enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Often claimed to be a copy or replica of the original, it is in fact a stylized representation of the original. It stands 38 meters tall, whereas the original is much taller, and the architectural details are somewhat different..

There are numerous similar representations of the original tower in other countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, etc and these copies have also altered the appearance to fit in with their own architectural heritage.


  1. Those shots (on the other post as well) of Kannon lurking in the background are simply epic.

  2. Agreed. They are all nice shots, and thanks for posting (as usual), but Jake the 4th shot down is just amazing!