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Horyuji, view 06, Kondo and Five-Story Pagoda, exterior front

Abstract

The Five-storied Pagoda at Horyuji is placed to the west of the north-south walk, with its soaring height visually balancing the greater ground area occupied by the kondo to the east of the walk. Earlier layouts for compounds, based on Chinese-Korean models, placed the middle gate, the pagoda, and the kondo, along a north-south axis, forcing the worshipper to encounter each directly, straight ahead, as the worshipper moved into the compound. In this ground plan at Horyuji, from the chumon, the worshipper moves laterally to the right (east) or to the left (west) to approach the kondo or the pagoda. This departure from the continental ground plans for the layout of a compound is important and represents an example of Japanese assimilation and adaptation of continental influences.

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Material may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only, in accordance with Fair Use policies. following fair use standards. Acknowledgement to be given to the IDEAS Project and to the photographer. Photographer retains copyright.

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Publisher
Earlham College
PID
coccc:22673
Extent
808 w x 1200 h pixels, 96 ppi