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World's Biggest Buildings

Biggest Wooden Building: Great Buddha Hall at Todai-ji Temple, Nara, Japan

Part of a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage temple complex, the Great Buddha Hall is 187 feet long and 164 feet wide, making it the world’s largest wooden building and big enough to fit a 50-foot-tall sitting Buddha statue. Some say it’s the largest bronze statue of the Vairocana Buddha in the world. todaiji.or.jpLyndsey Matthews

Update: A T+L reader wrote to us to point out the wooden blimp hangars on the former Tustin Marine base in California, which are indeed bigger (1,000 feet long and 300 feet wide) than the Great Buddha Hall. But we didn't include the hangars here since they aren't currently accessible to the public. It looks like this will soon change as the Orange County Parks Commission just approved a plan to restore the northern hangar and to transform the land around it into a park.

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